File this one under “you have got to be kidding me.”
This is a real head scratcher. For years, Starbucks has been an extremely vocal left-wing company. Starbucks recently has been very outspoken on their position regarding refugees, enacting a plan to hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years, sparking backlash from the right. Starbucks has also taken public (all liberal) positions on gay marriage, gun control and race issues.
And then there’s the holiday cup controversy that comes up every year. In 2015, Trump quipped, “No more ‘Merry Christmas’ at Starbucks, maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know. Seriously. I don’t care.”
So it came as quite a surprise when a radical, left-wing feminist group accused Starbucks of funding white supremacy in a recent Facebook post. Their reasoning is flawed on several levels.
H/T Daily Wire
“Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the drink of choice for the yoga pants-wearing, Ugg boot-sporting, autumn-loving “basic” white girls of the world, but according to one feminist group, it’s also responsible for perpetuating white supremacy.
UltraViolet, a group that claims to be “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women,” though this might be the first time you’ve ever heard of it, is leading a campaign to banish the PSL, claiming the drink “funds white supremacy” and “racism in the White House.”
It’s encouraging its supporters to “take action” against Starbucks.
According to UltraViolet’s website, fully 70,000 people have given Starbucks a piece of their mind about their so-called support for “white supremacy.”
If the campaign seems a little off, though, that’s because it is. Starbucks has a stellar progressive reputation, and has in the past, often seemed willing to alienate more conservative customers to follow its far-left ideals. The CEO supports open borders and gay marriage, and there’s a yearly social media freakout over Starbucks’s holiday cups, which occasionally flirt with taking the “holiday” out of the holiday.
The problem here, though, is that Starbucks, like Nike and Tiffany, has a location in Trump Tower, which means Starbucks — at at least one of its locations — pays a pittance in rent to the Trump Organization, which owns the building.
“Starbucks and Nike — both companies that seek to profit off of a progressive and inclusive brand — have stores in Trump Tower in New York City. They have likely paid millions of dollars in rent to Trump over time — money that has given him a platform to spew hate for years,” UltraViolet claims.
But aside from the fact that Trump has routinely distanced himself from white supremacists, it doesn’t even appear that the Trump Tower Starbucks is a corporate store. It’s a franchise, which means that the franchise owners — not Starbucks itself — pays cash to Trump Org.
Of course, it’s not as though feminists are well known for letting the facts get in the way of their feelings”.
Personally, I avoid Starbucks. First, as a conservative over the years I have been irked more than once over the company getting involved in politics that have nothing to do with coffee. Second, spending upwards of $5 on a cup of coffee always seemed a little crazy to me. Third, I never really thought it was that good anyway.
However, this argument that supporting Starbucks is funding white supremacy is just ludicrous. First and foremost, there is absolutely no evidence that Trump supports white supremacy, in fact, the opposite. But once some pot stirrer gets that notion out there, it is hard to fight the emotional response with facts. Secondly, the argument that somehow a franchise, in a building owned by the President, will somehow fund policy in Washington is just ignorant.
This is simply another left-wing tactic to hit the electorate from all angles, spreading false information regardless of the truth. Unfortunately, if you say something enough times, people tend to believe it.
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