Remember the boycott of the sultan of Brunei’s hotels after he enacted strict Islamic sharia law that could lead to the executions of LGBT people?
The boycott started in May 2014, affecting such iconic institutions as the Beverly Hills Hotel. The boycott may have fizzled out by now, but it garnered a lot of publicity around the world. And we haven’t heard of anyone in Brunei being executed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
There’s no way of knowing just how much the decline in revenues was at the Beverly Hills Hotel and other facilities owned by the sultan. But the boycott wasn’t really so much about money, but about making a point.
So, now that Donald Trump and his henchmen and henchwomen have struck the first blow against the LGBT community by backing away from President Obama’s federal guidance on the bathroom issue for trans students, you have to think that a call for the boycott of all things Trump is not far off.
Indeed, the hashtag #TrumpBoycott already exists on social media sites, and it may only be a matter of time, even minutes before such a boycott starts to snowball . . . and quite frankly, there is not much he could do or say about it, given his position as president of the United States. He couldn’t speak out against a boycott of his businesses, because that would be a conflict of interest for him.
And nor could his spokespeople speak out about it, because they, too, would be in a conflict of interest situation.
One doesn’t need a crystal ball to see that such a scenario is more than likely now that Trump and company have pissed off just about every minority group in the country and around the world.
And while Trump may not understand how he is hurting so many people, one thing he does understand is business and how the loss of it will hurt him personally. Indeed, that may be the only thing he does understand in life.
And like Milo Yiannopoulos, Trump may very well become a pariah among his business peers after a boycott is launched — because they, too, will feel the effects if they still do business with his companies.
Photo: “Karma symbols such as endless knot (above) are common cultural motifs in Asia. Endless knots symbolize interlinking of cause and effect, a Karmic cycle that continues eternally.” — Wikipedia (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)