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)
I wonder who we are asking to boycott Trump’s products and services? More people like Trump? It’s one thing to welcome certain store chains who decide to stop selling Trump merchandise no matter what their motives, but it is another issue altogether to get clients to boycott his hotels or golf clubs. What if they are like Milo Yiannopoulos.I would bet a dollar that Milo would not boycott Trump, even though he is gay because his fortunes were still okay when he had it in for trans people, it wasn’t until his little forgotten paedophile speech got re-aired that did for him. It never ceases to bemuse me that so many people will support the persecution of others because they don’t see how it affects them and frankly couldn’t care less, until an issue like the dismantling of the ACA comes to the fore. There just seems to be a total disconnect in their minds, as if they are either unwilling or unable to do there, never mind the total lack of empathy or sympathy. Can they all be autistic in some way? Not a serious question.
I won’t be boycotting the Trump empire for the very simple reason that I was and never will be in the market for any of it’s offerings and I cannot see the point in pretending otherwise because it will never show on the bottom line.
But here is the thing, does Trump, Pence, Sessions, McConnell, Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, Rand, Bachmann, Jindal, Palin, Carson, and all the rest of the you-know-who low-lifes think it is only LGBTQI (…Z) people find them repugnant? Or is it just a question that never occurs to them because they think it is irrelevant? I would encourage heterosexual people, those amongst the electorate and amongst their constituents, their voters, to make it clear to them if they are disgusted by their behaviour and to make it clear they are prepared to act on that alone. Even moderate conservatives and libertarians should show an interest in the topic. And those who don’t vote or those who voted for Trump in the wholly naive expectation that Trump is going to make their lives better rather than make other people’s lives worse need to educate themselves and get out there and vote, even if it is only on the basis that to vote for the less worst candidate is actually okay strategically until someone or more importantly, something better comes along.
The only good thing that can possibly come out of the Trump presidency is if it is a serious wake-call for Democrats because it is hard to see that there would have been any change in attitude at all otherwise. As it is, if they continue to moan about Comey, about the Electoral College, the popular vote, etc, etc, they will continue to miss the bloody point. The problem is a whole lot more fundamental than any of that. And people who voted for Trump and the rest of the GoP need to understand that those who have it in for LGBTQ people have it in for them too, for pretty much the same broad reasons, eg, they don’t care about you, you are no use to them personally, other than to be thoroughly psychologically manipulated.
Google “Cambridge Analytica” and do a bit of reading. It ‘s quite interesting, even if you remain dubious about it.