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Mixed Reaction at Local Gay Bars Over #DumpStoli Campaign
Metro ^ | JULY 31, 2013 | Jennifer Wadsworth

Posted on 07/31/2013 11:46:15 AM PDT by nickcarraway

In case you haven’t heard, Russia’s a pretty terrible place to be if you’re gay–or even an ally. President Vladimir Putin just signed a law that makes it a jail-worthy offense to tout “gay propaganda,” which can be something as innocuous as wearing a rainbow T-shirt. In July, four Dutch tourists were arrested for simply asking some locals their views on same-sex relationships.

To protest the rampant homophobia some gay bars, including San Jose’s Splash Video Dance Bar, took author-activist Dan Savage’s lead in boycotting Russian vodka, particularly Stolichnaya, promoting their dissent online under the hashtags #dumpstoli and #dumprussianvodka. Chicago’s biggest gay bay dumped the stuff last week, as did Moby Dick’s in San Francisco. This week, bars in West Hollywood threatened to pour Russian-made vodkas down the gutter.

But the majority of South Bay gay bars–four out of five in San Jose, specifically–refuse to follow suit. Luis Farmento, owner of Renegade’s on West Taylor Street in San Jose, considers the movement misguided.

“I know that boycotts can be a powerful political statement for human rights, but this isn’t well-researched, it’s not well-organized, it’s off the cuff, it’s just something to throw out there because of inflamed feelings and passions,” says Farmento. “People are letting their emotions get in the way.”

While it’s great that Savage’s social media-fueled #dumpstoli campaign has drawn attention to the plight of gays in Russia, actually dumping Stoli on a wide scale can do more harm than good, Farmento insists.

“Stoli is not the bad guy here,” he says.

Stoli has a history of supporting the LGBT community, donating grant money and sponsoring events. Buzzfeed called the boycott “slacktivism at its finest,” a way to make a statement without demonstrably helping a cause and probably actually promoting more xenophobia than tolerance.

Locally, Stoli donated 2,500 whistles, condoms, safe sex pamphlets and bottles of lube to an LGBT anti-violence event organized by the charity-activist group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco. That same group just backed out of a Stoli-sponsored event as part of the “Dump Stoli” boycott.

The brand isn’t even Russian anymore, boycott critics point out.

The vodka brand split after the fall of the Soviet Union, leaving half to a Latvian operation and the other half in Russia. They’re separate companies. The U.S., Canada and Australia gets their Stoli from Latvia, not Russia. Savage maintains that there’s still a relationship with the two divisions.

The Olympics and its sponsor corporations might be a better target for a boycott, some say. The 2014 winter Olympic games are slated to take place in Sochi, where the Russian government is spending billions on an Olympic village with help from sponsors like McDonald’s, GE and Coca-Cola.

“If you get corporate sponsors to pull support, Russia will be left holding the bill,” Farmento notes. “I find it hypocritical that some of the bars calling for a Stoli boycott are still using Coca-Cola products to mix cocktails with. There’s a smarter way to get your point across.”


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1 posted on 07/31/2013 11:46:15 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

well if 2% of us buy a bottle that would more than make up the difference

I am in the mood for a Clamato -n- Stoli right now, as a matter of fact.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 11:50:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: nickcarraway

If it’s not Russian, it’s not real vodka.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 11:55:59 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: nickcarraway

What maroons.

The vodka stock is probably already paid for.


4 posted on 07/31/2013 11:56:51 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Mr. K

Did you read the whole article? “...Stoli donated 2,500 whistles, condoms, safe sex pamphlets and bottles of lube to an LGBT anti-violence event organized by the charity-activist group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco...”

I’ll take my business elsewhere.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 11:57:19 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: nickcarraway
Maybe they'll move over to Svedka.


6 posted on 07/31/2013 11:58:54 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: nickcarraway

Somebody's got their knickers in a twist - I say no knickers - more Stoli!

7 posted on 07/31/2013 12:06:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m buying Russian vodka this weekend.


8 posted on 07/31/2013 12:08:34 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: reg45

If it’s not Russian, it’s not real vodka.

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LOL.

Because the proceess of distillation is different the world over.


9 posted on 07/31/2013 12:13:13 PM PDT by dmz
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll have to make it a point to purchase a bottle on the way home, today...


10 posted on 07/31/2013 12:45:01 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, can we get the EPA and the guys in the moon suits to clean up the mess? All that hazardous material. Conservatives wouldn’t get away with such stuff.
I’ll bet there are dozens of federal agencies that can be involved with this.


11 posted on 07/31/2013 2:18:53 PM PDT by The Public Eye
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To: Mr. K

I’ll stop off and pickup a bottle tomorrow ....

For Russia !!!


12 posted on 07/31/2013 5:44:51 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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