It’s time for a boycott, folks! Starbucks CEO has made some pretty inflammatory statements against its patrons who support gun rights and now he’s taken a stand against … traditional marriage. I guess he figured since he didn’t receive any pushback against his second amendment denouncement he could go a step farther and trash traditional marriage. And he did. So WHY hasn’t the American consumer community imposed a boycott against Starbucks? Is that overpriced coffee more important than principle? Apparently so, if Howard Schultz has anything to do with it.
At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business. After saying Starbucks wants to “embrace diversity of all kinds,” he told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company.
According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons. During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after the company voiced its support for a referendum backing gay marriage in Washington state, a boycott by traditional marriage supporters caused a drop in sales revenue. Schultz told him “You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company” if he did not agree with the company’s pro-gay marriage stand.
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Ok, so maybe traditional marriage isn’t your issue. Maybe that overpriced coffee is more important than traditional marriage. (Please note it pains me to type this.)
Why wasn’t there a bigger outcry when he made his anti second amendment jibes? I mean, really? Have we abandoned all integrity? Is it that hard to stand up for something? Anything? Why doesn’t an enterprising entrepreneur open a coffee shop with a bride and groom, brandishing AK-47’s and a cup of coffee on their logo? Really? I think it would work!
Here’s his anti gun sentiments.
The day after the mass shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that guns aren’t welcome at Starbucks. With Schultz’s unfortunate comment to a traditional marriage supporter just six months ago, many conservatives will undoubtedly regard this as yet another slap against them by the world’s largest coffee retailer.
In his “Open Letter,” the CEO acknowledged that Starbucks’ past approach to open-carry was to “follow local laws [and] permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist.” Then, without citing any specific instance, Schultz said the open-carry debate was becoming “increasingly uncivil” and “even threatening.”
Although Schultz suggests that the “presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers,” he doesn’t explain how a concealed weapon would bother anyone. Nor does he examine whether gun-free zones – like the Naval Yard in DC – actually encourage the type of violence and bad press he is trying to avoid.
Schultz concludes that he is proud of our nation and its first amendment heritage. With the likely fall-out from his announcement, Schultz may regret not giving more consideration to the very amendment that guarantees that heritage.
If Schultz can hide these asinine statements behind the first amendment, then the rest of us can first amendment ourselves to another coffee shop!