Battle lines are being drawn, nobody’s right when everybody’s wrong Buffalo Springfield For What It’s Worth
Enough of this bullsh*t is enough. Back on my soapbox I go, and this time righteously pissed. Because whether it’s you, or me, or corporate America, No man can serve two masters.
What the hell is going on here? Anheuser-Busch, allegedly an LGBTQ friendly company and Pride Month supporter celebrates Pride Month by posting an online video ad featuring a transgender woman. Far right troglodytes throw an online trolling Trumper tantrum, Bud Light’s profits takes a 30% hit, and they pull the ad.
Target is a longtime corporate supporter of LGBTQ rights, and Pride Month merchant, but when other troglodytes, or maybe the same start trashing Target, posting nasty videos, threatening to trash stores and harass employees and customers, the Pride Month display either get shoved to the back of the store, or get removed together.
I would like these giant, billion dollar multi-national corporations to please explain to me, What the f*ck is going on here?!? Do you support LGBTQ rights and Pride Month, or don’t you? It’s that simple. You can’t comport yourself to support something only when it’s convenient for you. You can’t proudly proclaim yourself a Catholic until you decide to have an affair, and then you’re not a Catholic anymore while you’re screwing around. It doesn’t work that way.
Look gang, I’m going to explain to you as simply as I can, and I’m going to type these words v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y since you appear to have the moral IQ of a 2 year old, and a moral compass with a $ on the bottom instead of an S. Whether you’re an individual like me, or a soulless corporation like y’all, you don’t support profits. You support causes. It’s that simple. And you support them because they’re right, even if they don’t pay.
Because your way is stupid. Everybody likes to make a profit. Hell, I’ll be the first to admit that I like turning a buck writing these articles, but I also did it for five long years on Daily Kos for free, because it felt right, and I was trying to make a difference for the good. And I still am. And guess what, guys? I’ve had my share of sh*t thrown at me for doing it.
Let me give you two shining examples of what moral corporate courage looks like, since you seem to be struggling with the concept. When Florida Governor Ron DeathSantis signed his anti LGBTQ Don’t Say Gay school law, the Disney Company, a world class LGBTQ friendly workplace, and Florida’s largest employer immediately came out publicly and condemned the law.
It wasn’t just paying media lip service. In speaking out quickly and loudly, Disney was showing their LGBTQ workforce that they weren’t going to turn their backs on them for a buck. When DeSantis went to war with Disney, Disney spanked him by pulling a $2 billion project from Florida that would have created some 4,999 new jobs. I’m betting that LGBTQ couples will buy Disney stuff even if they don’t have kids, just to support Disney for supporting them.
Another example of corporate moral courage on a non LGBTQ note. Several years ago, After yet another senseless school slaughter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the country’s largest sporting goods chains, made a moral decision that enough was enough. They voluntarily pulled all of their semi automatic rifles from their shelves, for good.
The Death Eaters over at the NRA promptly lost their sh*t, and NRA members made loud moo-moo noises about a national boycott. Last I saw, Dick’s bottom line was doing just fine, and while late to the party, Walmart followed suit and also stopped selling the AR-15.
I know what I’m about to say is so far out of your corporate orbit that you’ll need the Hubbell telescope to read it, but here goes. It. Isn’t. Always. About. Money. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing what’s right. Otherwise, how do you look your LGBTQ customers and their supporters in the eye after you sold their dignity and civil rights for a pocketful of simpleons?
You’ve made your choices, and now you get to live with them. But don’t forget this. A handful of far right rockheads threw a hissy-fit, and you ran away like a clutter of kittens. Bud Light lost 30% for a few days? Poor babies. But the LGBTQ community and their supporters have been organizing on social media for decades. What if they decide a pox on all of their houses, and decide to boycott every Anheuser-Busch product for a couple of months? And what if faithful LGBTQ community members and their supporters switch to Walmart, or start shopping online with Amazon? 30% of one brand, or a handful of screaming idiots in the store until the cops escort them out? Which will hurt more?
You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression, but as an Irish Catholic I can tell you it’s never too late for confession and penance. Make a public statement of support, put the ad and the products back out and grow a pair. because a recent poll shows that 85% of Americans want full LGBTQ rights. You want to piss the all off? Because you’re all missing one simple thing.
These brainless troublemakers have the attention span of a two week old puppy. The same cretins who are pestering you right now are the same idjits who were showing up screaming and frothing at city council meetings and state legislative hearings slobbering all over themselves about drag shows. And two months before that, it was school board meetings to ban books from school shelves. So relax. Take a chill pill. All you are right now is the flavor of the month for them. Besides, it’s no fun for craven cowards when their intended victims stand up to them. By the end of the 3rd quarter, this will be like cod liver oil, a really bad taste in your mouth.