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Should we boycott a vintner for making flagrantly racist statements?
The Globe and Mail ^ | September 10, 2013 | BEPPI CROSARIOL

Posted on 09/15/2013 6:38:43 PM PDT by rickmichaels

Paula Deen, move over. Next to esteemed Italian winemaker Fulvio Bressan, you’re a small fry when it comes to dishing racist slurs.

In a shocking Facebook tirade that prompted a storm of online protest, Bressan called Italy’s first black government minister, Cecile Kyenge, a “dirty black monkey” and referred to illegal immigrants as her “gorilla friends.” Not that it matters, but the vintner was responding to Kyenge’s suggestion that taxpayers’ dollars be used to house undocumented aliens in hotels.

Although the remarks have since been pulled, Jelena Bressan, his wife and business partner, confirmed the substance of the posting to me in an e-mail, saying Bressan was not available for comment. She also drew my attention to an “apology” posted a week later in which Bressan declares he is not a racist and that he intended the remarks to be directed “exclusively at [Kyenge] and not at all people of colour.”

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1 posted on 09/15/2013 6:38:43 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

I don’t drink wine, Just do not have a taste for it. However if I were a wine drinker I would not boycott it for that.

The man has a right to his own opinion even if it is racist.

I still watch movies with Morgan Freeman in them and he is racist.


2 posted on 09/15/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: rickmichaels

Another hidden secret: Europeans, Asians and South Americans are MUCH more racist, on average, than North Americans. Always have been, probably always will be.


3 posted on 09/15/2013 6:47:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: rickmichaels; a fool in paradise

Rassiss wine made out of rassiss grapes? Should be interesting! Gotta try it.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 6:49:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rickmichaels

Should we boycott actors and musicians who make flagrantly racist statements?


5 posted on 09/15/2013 6:51:34 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Sounds like sour grapes.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 6:51:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Sounds like wine whine!


7 posted on 09/15/2013 6:53:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rickmichaels
Vino Racisto!


8 posted on 09/15/2013 6:55:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rickmichaels

Obviously his wine is not selling and he had to get some advertisement, good or bad. He went for the bad and his sales will probably increase.

Of course if the wine is bad, no difference, but if good his sales will go through the roof. Just another way to get noticed.


9 posted on 09/15/2013 6:57:10 PM PDT by Deagle (uently...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I saw things in the French Army that were shocking and even done in front of a black officer by the Regimental commander, the French are very racist.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 6:57:14 PM PDT by ansel12 ( 'I'm on That New Obama Diet. Every Day I Let Vladimir Putin Eat My Lunch' .)
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To: Revolting cat!

Thanks. I’ll have some cheese with the whine.


11 posted on 09/15/2013 6:57:16 PM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: rickmichaels

Everyone’s bigoted to an extent, based on judgments, past experiences and common sense. If people avoided buying stuff based not on the worth of the product but on the opinions of its maker(s), they’d soon starve to death, naked.

It’s practically impossible to buy anything made by a large corporation (or a small one benefitting from products made by large corporations) today where your payment won’t be used to fund abortion, stem cell research or homosexuality. For you to be able to avoid this, you’d need to have total control over the path your money takes as it changes hands, which is impossible.


12 posted on 09/15/2013 6:58:12 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: rickmichaels

When the left boycotts al sharpton, Jesse jagoff and the black congressional cuscus I’ll worry about racism, but not today.


13 posted on 09/15/2013 7:11:35 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another hidden secret: Europeans, Asians and South Americans are MUCH more racist, on average, than North Americans. Always have been, probably always will be.

Maybe so. Come to think of it, probably so. Very ugly, childish name-calling no matter who does it, and this guy has also managed to distract from the real problem, which is an asinine proposal to reward non-productive people who've entered their nation illegally and are already a drain on public resources.
14 posted on 09/15/2013 7:31:57 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: rickmichaels

Should we watch Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Angelica Huston, ad nauseum, movies?

What about the inverse? Should we patronize a business simply because like a political ideology?

Should I turn away customers because of their ideology or life style?

Bastiat said that where goods and services cross the border (free trade) armies do not. Will people be more accomodating if we simply see the green of their dollar rather than their ideology, orientation, race?

What might happen if Blacks, instead of boycotting, became his best customers? What if his livelihood depended on those he denigrates?

I understand wanting to boycott, in fact I do so in some instances, but I also understand the horror of trying to pass a political litmus test with my customers everyday at work. Not a pleasant existence.

I am pretty sure I would not buy this wine as a gift for any of my Black friends or acquaintances.


15 posted on 09/15/2013 7:38:31 PM PDT by rey
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To: rickmichaels

The idea that taxpayers should foot the bill to put up foreign invaders in posh hotels probably merits some foul language, which I don’t use though.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 7:42:08 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rey
Should we watch Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Angelica Huston, ad nauseum, movies?

If a child molester becomes a movie star, I will boycott.

17 posted on 09/15/2013 7:43:53 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rickmichaels

Please get over it! We got over the hula hoop craze, the Twist and the Mashed Potatoe, let’s get over this 20th century invention of (some say) Leon Trotsky, that’s got everyone Left and Right running scared, apologizing, confessing, bowing down. Here’s Dee Dee Sharp singing “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes””.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j0ZWo2BTZI


18 posted on 09/15/2013 7:44:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: GeronL

Which one were you referring to? Not arguing, I feel the same, but Polanski has not been convicted ((no real excuse) mom was also an idiot for leaving the child with him and should have been charged with endangerment), Jack and Angelica were at the party (do they bear responsibility? I thnk so.). Woody was never married to Mia and is not the adoptive parent of the child in question.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 7:50:29 PM PDT by rey
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To: Venturer

I do not boycott racists whether of African, Asian or European heritage. I do not care so much for their views, but you can not boycott everyone.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 7:59:47 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Venturer
Putting less money in a racist's pocket is entirely appropriate. I'd rather download a bootleg of a Morgan Freeman movie than have him receive any royalties for it.

And while I might theoretically pay to see a Morgan Freeman movie, I'm certainly less likely to do so given that I'm aware of Freeman's knee-jerk racist views.

The same holds true for this winemaker, and I'd be happy to make my cabernet sauvignon wine selections from that subset of wine makers which is not overtly racist, as, I am sure, most people who love Freedom would do.

Racists of any stripe are rarely friends of Freedom. Indeed, they are almost invariably a threat to it...

21 posted on 09/15/2013 8:02:13 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: rickmichaels
To put Paula Dean and this guy in the same category is offensive.

It is horrible what they did to Paula Dean and we and my inlaws have refused to watch the Food Network since they dropped her. Completely unfair. So maybe we are okay with boycotts.

On the other hand, this guy is an idiot and might be a true racist if he actually said this. He should explain himself.

22 posted on 09/15/2013 8:03:21 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: rey

I boycott most of Hollyweird most of the time. lol.


23 posted on 09/15/2013 8:24:39 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rickmichaels

Might this unenlightened one ask the outraged how many cases of fine Italian wine are purchased by American low information Blacks?


24 posted on 09/15/2013 9:24:10 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: rickmichaels

we can call people savages, or beasts, or animals, or even scum, or filth...

but we can’t call them gorillas?

They call us crackas, honkies, white-ass whatevers, white boy, caspers, white bread, whitey, and everyone in the media and police can’t seem to somehow come to grips with these things being expressions of racist statements...


25 posted on 09/15/2013 10:03:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: rey

There’s no conviction because Polanski pled guilty, then jumped bail before sentencing.

He went into open court and admitted giving a 13 year old girl Quaaludes to relax her so he could sodomize her anus.

He is vermin and filth, and should spend the rest of his life behind bars.


26 posted on 09/15/2013 10:40:35 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: driftdiver
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27 posted on 09/15/2013 10:44:14 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: driftdiver

Capital One is still employing Alec Baldwin.


28 posted on 09/16/2013 2:40:19 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Revolting cat!

The Vinter is going to loose his Ripple accounts.


29 posted on 09/16/2013 11:51:37 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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