Skip to comments.Backlash Grows Against Boycotts of Glenn Beck and Whole Foods
Posted on 08/24/2009 1:49:28 AM PDT by TheMadKing
This past week, both FOX commentator Glenn Beck and Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey were being targeted by left-leaning organizations for boycotts. Now the boycotts themselves are being boycotted, a response that has cost GEICO Insurance and Sargento Foods a total of 12,500 customers.
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Well if Obamans are staying away from whole foods it will at least be safer to park while you shop..and less chance of infection in the produce section.
Good! The lefties are so hateful. Every time I read comments on a post outside Free Republic—for instance Hot Air—I am disgusted by the shrill, vicious, close-minded intolerance of the left.z,pz.vaudine
I guess it is one thing to bow to pressure by a group who doesn’t use your service vs. a group that actually does.
Liberals boycotting Whole Foods? Makes me think of a paraphrase of a famous quote from the Star Wars universe: “Many Obamans died to bring you this boycott.” (i.e, ‘cause they had to eat regular food...)
Ah, the boycott. A long and honored tradition in America, and perhaps one of the most effective democratic weapons the public has at its disposal. Boycotts allow us to make big statements to for-profit businesses, entities and persons by voting with our wallets, feet, signs, raised voices and undesired mass presence outside said business establishments, or even residences. Boycotting was a weapon of Prop 8 opponents against supporters in the wake of that measure’s win. The Dixie Chicks were boycotted by many Americans over their “ashamed” remarks about President Bush to a London audience in March 2003.
In essence, what a boycott does is allow segments of the public to say to a for-profit business, person or entity, “What you’re doing sucks! And until it stops sucking, we’re going to make your life suck, too!” If you have any doubts, ask the owner of the El Coyote Restaurant in Los Angeles, who was boycotted relentlessly after it was discovered his daughter donated $100.00 to Prop 8 proponents, and despite the fact El Coyote employees raised $500.00 to help repeal Prop 8. No law saying boycotts have to be reasonable. You just need the numbers to make a real problem for the business. That has most definitely been the case for FOX commentator Glenn Beck and Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey this past week.
In the case of Glenn Beck, a staunch conservative and ratings superstar at FOX, his comment that he believed President Obama was being racist himself in his “acting stupidly” remark, directed at Cambridge PD Sgt. James F. Crowley after the Gates arrest, generated a pushback from the Left spearheaded by the organization Color For Change, an African-American advocacy group with close ties to the White House. Color For Change has been leading the fight to pressure advertisers to abandon Beck and FOX. Advertisers that have joined Color For Change in the Beck boycott include Ally Bank, Brinks, CVS, GEICO Insurance, Healthy Choice Foods, Men’s Wearhouse, Sargento Foods and State Farm Insurance.
In the case of Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey, a free market Libertarian, his oped in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare,” in which he took a distinct stand against the ObamaCare bill, riled up his huge left-leaning customer base which supports the President’s health care bill H.R. 3200, now often referred to as the ObamaCare bill. More than 25,000 people have signed on at Facebook swearing they will never shop at Whole Foods again. Boycott sites are cropping up all over the Internet. The UFCW has also taken a prominent stand against Whole Foods and John Mackey.
Yet boycotts themselves can sometimes backfire. Those two boycotts are now being met with fierce resistance by staunch defenders and supporters of both men, and counter-boycott efforts are even now surging in response. In fact, some of the participants in the Beck boycott are already paying a price for pulling out. 6500 GEICO Insurance customers have already promised to cancel their policies. Another 6000 have promised never to use Sargento Foods again, and more and more anti-boycott sites are now popping up on the Internet. The most popular, DefendGlenn.com, generated over 850,000 page views its first day.
As to Mr. Mackey, his supporters and defenders are also hard at work creating their own Buy Whole Foods websites. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin has been leading that charge, and most successfully. Many conservative Republicans, many of whom would never want to be caught dead in a “green” organic foods store, have promised to line up with the carriages and shop Whole Foods big time.
So the Boycott Wars are on and raging in full. Who will win in the end? Glenn Beck and FOX? Or Color For Change? John Mackey and Whole Foods, along with his defenders and supporters? Or UFCW and the masses of left-leaning ObamaCare supporters who will no doubt put a significant dent in Whole Foods’ business? GEICO and Sargento Foods appear to be losers for the moment, unless Color For Change and its support base can somehow make up for those lost customers. Andrew Breitbart just posted a most relevant oped at Big Hollywood covering this subject, entitled “Boycotting the Boycotters.”
As for me, I’m just enjoying the show. As an American citizen, nothing warms my heart more than to see a full-blown political tug-of-war involving high stakes and big bucks, and utilizing all the tools of democracy we so treasure: free speech, assembly, campaigning, and political slugfests. That we can peacefully engage in these crossfires of democracy without firing real shots, as happens all too often across this troubled globe, is a glowing testament to the stability of the American political system. In that respect, we all win. Lastly, where else in the world but America would Lefties be attacking, and Righties defending, Whole Foods?
I hope they boycott golf courses. I hate playing behind them. Maybe they will boycott the emergency room too. I cut my finger and had to wait because it was overflowing with liberals and their brats with the sniffles.
GEICO Government Employees Insurance. Just expose the name.
One of the main faults of the conservative movement in the past is that we are unwilling to stick with a good boycott. I hope this boycott of the boycotters is a sign of things to come.
I read that Best Buy is on the list. I’ve been looking for an HD camcorder that I can take to tea party protests and political events to create material to upload on YouTube. Looks like I’ll be buying one from a mail order vendor rather than Best Buy.
When these advertisers give in to a slanted political party it says they don’t honor the 1st amendment. So, they will reap what they sow. We don’t have to honor their businesses either. When you hit them in the pocketbook, maybe they’ll get their eyes opened to the fact that you can’t supress free speech by these methods. It just isn’t going to fly in America.
Conservatives are on the move and we’re silent no more!
The more I think about it the more I like ZERO.
NO Voter did not hit his head. . . . .
ZERO is unifying us like nothing else could. It is growing exponentially
Considering half of his base shops at 711 and the Chicken Shack down on the corner, I can’t imagine Whole Foods is really feeling this.
Anybody still wondering why Marion Barry keeps getting elected in Washington DC?
Good Lord, stay away from BB for video/camera stuff. Go to B&H Photo for all camera/camcorder products. At least go there to see reviews and check prices. I HIGHLY recommend the site. I have bought all my camera stuff from them for the last six years. Another one is Adorama.com. They are in NY. They are both highly recommended on all the photo sites I frequent.
“GEICO Government Employees Insurance. Just expose the name.”
When a company needs a talking lizard for a spokesman, something’s wrong. ;-)
I was never a GEICO customer, but I’ll have to keep an eye peeled for Whole Foods.
Oh, Hell, you mean they’ll be less pasty white old hippies in WF next time I go? Boo Hoo!
well, i had to go grocery shopping sunday, and when it came time to buy shredded cheese, i walked right past the sargento and bought store brand....there are more than 12 thousand customers lost
You must not be very objective if only posts outside of FR have those characteristics. There are plenty of nuts here, unfortunately.
i never shop at best buy.....not because of any boycott, but because they do not back their products... my friend went in and bought a laptop, took it out to his car, out of the box ( he is still in the parking lot ) and the damn thing did not work....he took it back into the store ( less than 10 minutes since purchase had passed ) and they refused to take it back or exchange it...they said they would send it out for repair, and that it would take 6 weeks...screw them
Say what you like about some of their hippie clientele, Whole Foods reliably has one of the best salad bars going.
Yummy, yummy stuff, no lies, no exaggerations.
This is outstanding. We could, conceivably, remove the boycott as an effective left wing tactic!
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Government Employees’ Insurance COmpany.
Need I say more? (They since have expanded to insure anyone, since they became profitable, but that’s what GEICO actually stands for.)
You will probably get a better deal at Newegg anyway. Be sure to tell Best Buy they lost a sale.
Lesson to the free market: It’s not leftist idiots who support your bottom line.
What this shows, is we as a country have decided to take back America. No longer, will it just be the far left protesting. We are a much larger silent majority, and have woken from a giant slumber. Kind of what happened after Pearl Harbor. The Japanese after that attack raised a sleeping giant to a super power. The rest is history!!!!!
I will not insure with GEICO. They are the most expensive insurance company. Several years ago when I bought my car, I shopped around for the best deal. GEICO quoted me a price double to another company that I took. Even though I am a senior citizen, and have had no traffic tickets for more then ten years
Maybe Obomma will start a Cash for Camcorders program?
DefendGlenn.com rocks. And the founder is a FReeper.
Remember, no Sargento cheese.
Neither am I and I never, ever will be. My wife got t-boned in a parking lot about 5 years ago. It was the other person's fault and they had Geico insurance. Let me tell you those Geico folks were nasty right from the first phone call telling me what I would accept and what I wouldn't. Serious strong arm tactics. Clearly, they were trained in these tactics because I talked to several claims adjusters and every one of them acted the same. Fortunately for me my sister in law was a claims adjuster for Allstate and helped me handle it by telling me all the right buttons to push with these folks to get the maximum claim possible. The owner of the shop where I had the car repaired said Geico was, by far, the worst insurance company they deal with for getting paid, too.
Yesterday I went to the Whole Foods in the East Valley of the metro Phoenix area. It was PACKED.
If it was a charged item on a credit card, most require the store take it back for any reason.
Not a problem. Their cheese is awful. We never buy it anyway.
I once sent in an e-mail to complain about the taste of their string cheese (yuck!) and they sent an e-mail back asking if I wanted some coupons for their string cheese. Duh!
I’m listening to GB on the radio this morning and they just had a GEICO commercial.
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Going for from 20-40 bux delivered on ebay
Are housed in the same cases they use for keychain car lock remotes.
Those are kind of scary. I saw a video where the guys lays the camera down on the counter top next to the girl on the computer. At first I thought they were going to record her keystrokes to gain a password.
I just thought of something. Now I can tape the bastards who tailgate me on the highway and send it off the to cops.
My boycott of Whole Foods has nothing to do with 0bamacare. It’s got to do with the fact that they are price-gouging for items I can get at 1/3 the price at the weekend Farmer’s Market, and their meat for 2/3 the price at the local high-quality grocery.
Only liberals were stupid enough to pay those prices, and now the CEO has pissed them off? Not exactly smart on his part :-)
Obamans don’t buy no inshooince.
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