Category Archives: Boycotts

September 25, 2017

Trump urges fans to boycott NFL over anthem protests

Trump’s latest salvo came in an early morning tweet in which he said: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

President Donald Trump on Sunday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure it to fire or suspend players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, intensifying a battle over politics, social justice and race in America’s most popular sport.

But in the first NFL game since Trump touched off the spat Friday with an expletive-laden speech to supporters in Alabama, at least a dozen players on the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonsville Jaguars, playing in London, took a knee Sunday during the playing of “The Star-Spangled banner.”

Others stood and locked arms in a show of solidarity. More protests were expected Sunday as the rest of the games of week three of the season were played.

It was one of the largest such protests since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is African American, first began refusing to stand for the anthem in 2016.

The protest spread Saturday to Major League Baseball for the first time: a black Oakland Athletics catcher named Bruce Maxwell knelt during the anthem before a game in California.


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December 2, 2016

Mexican Governor Demands Boycott of Texas

As a result of President-Elect Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana, a Mexican border governor is calling on his residents to boycott Texas in retaliation.

During a public event on Thursday, Nuevo León’s governor Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez called on the residents of his state to avoid shopping in Texas cities and traveling to Lone Star beaches to send a message to Trump. Nuevo León is one of Mexico’s leading manufacturing and industrial regions.

“With us not going to McAllen for 15 days, Trump will change his mind,” Rodriguez said. “Stop going to South Padre Island and we will go instead to China (rural city in Nuevo León), the Cuchillo Dam, and the Isla Con Madre (play on words to counter South Padre Island).”

Rodriguez, who is rumored to be planning a run for Mexico’s presidency in 2018 said he is looking into improving relations with Asian countries and he is halting any business development with U.S. companies. The harsh stance from the Nuevo León government comes as a response Trump’s deal with Carrier that kept the company from moving some of its operations from Indiana into Santa Catarina, Nuevo León. Carrier was initially set to fire 1,000 Hoosiers to move its factory to Nuevo León.

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November 20, 2016

Trump supporters call for ‘Hamilton’ boycott

‘Jeez, now we can’t even go watch a lame Broadway play without being lectured’

Supporters of Donald Trump and Mike Pence started the hashtag #BoycottHamilton to defend the vice president-elect who was booed while attending the Broadway show “Hamilton” Friday night, and addressed directly by the cast after the show.

“We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” said current cast-member Brandon Victor Dixon Friday night as the rest of the cast stood behind him. “But we hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”

Trump demanded that the cast apologize in two tweets sent out Saturday morning: “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!,” Trump wrote. “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”


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October 13, 2016

Blue Lives Matter Is Asking All Americans To Boycott Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism. By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry’s lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of their skin. This message has inspired the assassination and attempted assassination of police officers, and it costs officers their lives.

Blue Lives Matter is calling on all Americans to send a message to Ben & Jerry’s, and parent company Unilever, to boycott all Ben & Jerry’s products.

Ben & Jerry’s just recently announced their support for Black Lives Matter along with a misinformation campaign accusing law enforcement of widespread systemic and institutionalized racism. Many companies have offered misguided statements of support for Black Lives Matter in the past, with the false belief that they are expressing support for civil rights.

Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights group. Most people have their own personal beliefs about what Black Lives Matter means to them. They think that their personal definition for Black Lives Matter is what the organized BLM groups stand for; this is not the case. While we believe that other companies were misguided, Ben & Jerry’s campaign is dangerous.


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February 11, 2016

#BoycottBeyonce Movement Gains Momentum

An online campaign to boycott Beyoncé and her music has picked up steam since the pop star performed a controversial tribute to the Black Panthers during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

Social media users have been using the hashtag #BoycottBeyonce in response to the halftime show performance, which many, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, viewed as an overt attack on police officers.

During the halftime show, Beyoncé performed her new single “Formation,” the video of which is filled with Black Lives Matter and anti-law enforcement imagery. The singer’s backup dancers donned black leather outfits and black berets in an apparent homage to the militant Black Panther Party, formed an X on the field in what many have called a tribute to Malcolm X, and later posed backstage with fists raised in a “black power” salute.


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January 31, 2016

Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter Blasted for $1M Donation to Trump Vet Fundraiser, Salon Calls for Boycott

Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter is facing heavy criticism for donating $1 million to American veterans on Thursday night for an event hosted by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa.

Following a dispute with Fox News and debate moderator Megyn Kelly, Trump skipped the final GOP debate before voting begins in Iowa, and instead held a fundraiser for veterans where he raised $6 million – much of it from fellow businessmen Perlmutter, investor Carl Icahn, and real estate developer Phil Ruffin.

Trump said at the fundraiser Perlmutter is “an unbelievable man,” who is also “one of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent.”

A representative for the Marvel exec and his wife Laura later told industry outlet The Hollywood Reporter: “The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans.”

Perlmutter’s decision to donate to veterans created an immediate backlash among critics of Trump’s campaign online, where Perlmutter has been described as a “super villain” and accused of promoting “racism” and gender inequality for supporting Trump.

In calling for a boycott of Marvel, leftwing news site Salon wrote that Perlmutter’s decision to support vets through Trump demonstrates the comic book giant actively discriminates against women and minorities.


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January 17, 2016

Police Take Credit for Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Box Office Crash

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight is in the midst of a box office meltdown, and one police union head claims the film’s financial failure is all due to a promised boycott from the boys in blue.

Police unions nationwide called for a boycott of The Hateful Eight late last year, after Tarantino marched in and addressed an anti-police rally in New York City, telling demonstrators there: “When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

With the release date nearing last month, it appeared police unions had called off the boycott as the film’s premiere screenings went off without incident.

But that didn’t happen, says Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest law enforcement union.

“With nearly one million law enforcement officers in this country who have families and friends who support them, the impact that police have economically on a product or project is immense,” Lynch told the New York Post. “The law enforcement boycott of cop-hater Quentin Tarantino’s movie is one demonstration of that economic power.”


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December 16, 2015

Twitter calls for #BoycottRacistSamsClub

Walmart chief stands by CEO’s slam of all-white suppliers.

Social media users have ignited a firestorm against Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, characterizing her criticism of a supplier with an all-white team of representatives – and her reluctance to do business with them – as an overt act of racism.

At the same time, Brewer’s received some staunch support for her statement from the CEO of Walmart, the parent of Sam’s Club, who’s come out with a statement saying she’s done nothing wrong.

The brouhaha started with a recent CNN interview, during which Brewer said diversity in her company was a top priority, so much so that she “demand[s] it within my team,” she said.

As Mediaite reported, Brewer went on during the interview, saying: “Every now and then, you have to nudge your partners and you have to speak up and speak out. And I try to use my platform for that. … I try to mentor many women inside my company and outside the company because I think it’s important.”

And it’s this statement on CNN that sparked the social-media backlash: “Just today, we met with a supplier and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting. I decided not to talk about it directly with [the supplier’s] folks in the room because there were actually no female, like levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him.”

For that, Twitter users called for a boycott of Sam’s Club.


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November 15, 2015

‘We Must Organize’: Glenn Beck Says ‘The Time Has Come for Boycotts’ (Video)

“Where the intellectuals are, we’re not allowed to even go,” Beck said. “So you’re not winning in the university, either. How do you win? … You have to hit them in the wallet, and you have to hit them in the heart.”

Glenn Beck said Friday on The Glenn Beck Radio Program that “the time has come for boycotts” and that “we must organize” on the conservative right.

Beck’s comments came during a discussion regarding his belief that the progressive left controls the media through universities and his call for conservative voices — like Rush Limbaugh — in colleges.

“You have one professor who is saying, ‘Hey, forget about the First Amendment. I need thugs here. I need muscle.’ That’s fine,” Beck said, referring to a Mizzou professor’s comments at a protest earlier this week. “But you can’t have somebody like Rush Limbaugh stand up and say, ‘Let me teach you about the First Amendment.’ That’s too controversial.”

According the Beck, the conservative right is “going to lose” unless it reaches people through their finances or emotion, because the intellectual argument is not working.


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