Updated: 5:45 p.m. PST
A video titled “Leaked gay Taco Bell commercial” that has gone viral depicts two gay men consuming a Taco Bell breakfast before going to work, and then imagining all the other things they could do before work — including snuggling a the park and getting married.
The video was posted online last week, and as Gawker notes, the ad appears to be professionally produced and carries all the “accoutrements of any other Taco Bell commercial.”
There have been no reported sightings of the commercial on U.S. television, and the YouTube and Google+ accounts of the individual who posted the video on Dec. 17 contain no bio, offer no explanation as to where the ad originated, or contain any other postings, leading to speculation that perhaps the fast-food chain itself could be behind a clever marketing ploy, or possibly testing the waters of targeting gay consumers without openly exposing itself to negative reaction from the anti-gay lobby.
But late Friday, LGBTQ Nation received this statement from a representative at Taco Bell parent company Yum! Brands:
“We didn’t create this ad, but we can see the people who did share the same Live Mas passion for our brand – and our breakfast – as we do. Although we cannot condone unauthorized use of our intellectual property, we are impressed with their work and would be open to meeting with them.”