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01 December 2016 @ 02:04 pm
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Kellogg’s has stopped advertising with Breitbart, which is accusing them of “economic censorship” (a contradiction in terms to alleged Free Marketers unless it is being done to them). Here are some tasteless replies.
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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on December 1st, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, brilliant! 'Children Of The Corn Flakes' was the one that got me.

Well well, I shall have to write to Kellogg's and thank them for this! And also go to Breitbarts, see who's still advertising there, and write to those companies to inform them that I don't buy products advertised by Nazis.

Yeah right; "economic censorship" - cry me a river! The word is 'boycott'.

I'm so annoyed with New Balance shoes. WHY did they have to publicly come out in support of Trump?!? My New Balance sandals are the only shoes I've got that don't hurt; I was just about to go buy a pair or two of their sneakers when they made their statement. Now it's out of the question.

Edited at 2016-12-01 07:45 pm (UTC)
Sharon Kahndreamshark on December 1st, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
"I'm so annoyed with New Balance shoes. WHY did they have to publicly come out in support of Trump?!?"

That's not exactly what they did. They came out against the TPP before the election without endorsing any candidate (since all of the candidates publicly disavowed the TPP). After the election was over, one of their executives commented that they hoped that Trump would keep his promise to pull out of the TPP. It was phrased in a way that could be construed as sucking up to the president-elect, but it was about a specific policy issue and not an endorsement of the man or of the rest of his policies. I can live with that.
Nehamamed_cat on December 2nd, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's good to know then, as I wear their sneakers for work and was wondering whether to continue buying or switch brands...
Sharon Kahndreamshark on December 2nd, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
Of course that is my interpretation of what I read on NPR.org. And I'm pre-disposed to believe New Balance's explanation because they are pretty much the only walking shoe that actually fits my foot.

Since we all live in separate realities now depending on which sources we believe, you should probably do your own google-search.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on December 3rd, 2016 04:29 am (UTC)
I know; I read the statement, and also their subsequent disclaimer after some neo-Nazi declared New Balance "the official shoe of white supremacy". I'm certainly not going to throw away my fine sandals, which I'm still wearing every day, but I'm not best-pleased either, and not inclined to give New Balance any more of my money at present. When Spring comes and I really need new sneakers, it may be a different matter.

It's really quite a dilemma: I've long been committed to supporting the local family farms and small businesses, but since I live in a red, rural county, a lot of them are Trump supporters. I'm still buying from them, because this is my community - and anyway what's the alternative? shop at Mal-Wart? - but I'm not as happy about it as I used to be.
Nehamamed_cat on December 3rd, 2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
Both of you make valid points, and yes, I'll look at what New Balance says.
Elenbarathielenbarathi on December 3rd, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
In one way, it's a pity, and not just because their shoes are so good. One executive made one injudicious statement to the press, and now the whole company is losing business.

In another way, it's a painful but needed example of cause-and-effect in the free market. A lot of potential customers may agree with the person who wrote "Supporting a bigot just because he opposes TPP doesn’t justify turning a blind eye to his attacks on women, minorities, people of color, and people with different religious beliefs."
Nehamamed_cat on December 2nd, 2016 10:44 pm (UTC)
Good job on Kellogg's part, I say...

P.S. Some very creative text and photomanip responses in your link; thanks!

Edited at 2016-12-02 10:56 pm (UTC)