They say we vote with our dollars, so I was interested when someone recently asked online, “What are you boycotting until the day you die?”
The post had over 3 thousand responses, so I quickly tallied through a bunch until I had a good sense of the top ones people mentioned over & over again …
The fact that many of these are the biggest companies in the USA (in some cases, the world), tells you how successful boycotts probably are. Disney, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Nestle each lead huge industries. It’s likely the more successful you are, the more these boycotts you’ll have to come tend with.
Most of them seem to be ‘enemies’ of the cultural Left compared with the cultural Right. The Left seems to bring out more activism in its base. (I don’t use the terms liberal or conservative anymore in describing our tribal politics as each is grossly hypocritical).
A few other things were noteworthy as I went through the comments:
◦ Jane Fonda still attracts a lot of vitriol. I saw lots of comments about her. She doesn’t really have much current ‘product’ to boycott that I can think of, but people like to say they are boycotting her anyway.
◦ TX/FL & CAL/NYC are the most popular places to boycott. Maybe that affects travel plans, or where you retire to? Disney – which has a big footprint in both FL & CAL is villianized by both sides lately for various reasons.
◦ The ‘My Pillow Guy’ is hated by everyone that hates Trump & Fox News. He’s from my state – Minnesota – but doesn’t get much attention here because we are a overwhelming Blue State. He was right up there with Jane Fonda.
◦ It took reading through about the top 200 responses before someone said “Nike”. I really thought they were more boycotted than that. There also weren’t any comments about the much-maligned oil companies – Exxon, Mobil, Shell, or BP.
◦ The question was posted on Facebook, so maybe it’s not a surprise that no one said Facebook. Or, Facebook censored those responses!
The best answer I read, in my opinion, was posted by my friend JC. He said that for the rest of his life he would boycott … boycotts.
I guess while there is some virtue in backing up your convictions, I prefer to just judge companies on my own interactions with them and their products. After all, companies are as complex and hypocritical as the people that run them. I don’t avoid people based on their politics, so I’m not going to forgo a Nestle Crunch bar either.
The only place I am currently boycotting is the local service shop that left my car out in a hailstorm (and didn’t tell me about it). Otherwise, I keep politics out of my grocery cart and the world spins on anyway.
Who are you boycotting for the rest of your life?