Beware, that pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is apparently “funding rent payments to white supremacy.”
That favorite fall 🎃 drink of yours is funding rent payments to white supremacy. https://t.co/Y8Qw0ZEB8v
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) September 5, 2017
That is a claim being made by a feminist group called UltraViolet, which called on people to sign a petition against the company. The group describes itself as “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world.”
More than 73,000 “actions” had been taken according to their website.
But attacking Starbucks, which is hardly a bastion of conservative causes, seemed odd to some.
Funny because Starbucks couldn’t possibly be more liberal 😂
— Sara Vogel (@SaraSvogel) September 12, 2017
In fact, UltraViolet was taking aim at Starbucks, and Nike, for a location in Trump Tower in New York City as it slammed the president for “propping up white supremacists and Nazis.”
“Starbucks and Nike–both companies that seek to profit off of a progressive and inclusive brand–have stores in Trump Tower in New York City,” the website stated. “They have likely paid millions of dollars in rent to Trump over time–money that has given him a platform to spew hate for years.”
But even some of those who dislike Trump had a problem with the group’s “slightly slanderous” claim, especially against a progressive company known for championing causes like gay rights and race relations.
Ok I can’t stand the bigoted orange buffoon and hate everything about him, but this is ridiculous and honestly slightly slanderous.
— H Thomas (@Person_Posting) September 8, 2017
Funding white supremacy?! You have hit an all time new level of stupid!! So tired of this crap. Now buying the biggest psl I can get!! 👊🏽
— SimplyChristine❤️ (@Realchristine4) September 6, 2017
I mean if you’re going to slander a company (especially one that is so against racism and bigotry) at least look up shit. It’s licensed 🙄
— Loli (@LoliPomPom) September 10, 2017
And many others agreed that a franchised location in a prime building in a major city does not constitute an act of white supremacy.
Bring on the lattes.
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That’s a baited statement. Just because they pay rent in Trump tower is a weak at best. If you want to race bait, pick something logical.
— Kik Rox (@tazamo1) September 7, 2017
These co have contracts. Not easily broken. Starbucks donates to many great causes & treats employees like humans. I will buy my latte
— Donna spackman (@donna_spackman) September 6, 2017
Pumpkin spice latte fuels my calls and letters to senators and representatives and protest activities.
— Pink Rubber Soul (@pinkrubbersoul) September 6, 2017
It actually is definitely franchised!!!!!!! Thank you for pointing this out!!!
— Hannah (@HannahSwirtz) September 10, 2017
This is quite possibly the dumbest tweet I’ve ever seen… Isis is cutting off heads but you’re worried about pumpkin spice…
— Stefanie (@auntstef73) September 6, 2017
This has lawsuit written all over it.
— Not Out Loud (@sonosavem) September 6, 2017
Explain that -awfully large accusation with no documentation.
— Annie (@balihai2) September 6, 2017
@awroark I don’t think I’ve seen something this dumb in a long time.
— Ashley Roark (@fear_no_more) September 12, 2017
HAHAHAHA! Well this is definitely the dumbest thing I’ve read today. How asinine.
— Chris Lee (@blackbeltx21) September 12, 2017
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