As always, a hashtag meant to unite people has backfired hilariously.
The trueactivist Reports Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced on Sunday that the company would be hiring 10,000 refugees at their locations worldwide and conservatives everywhere were displeased with the decision. The statement was in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans immigrants from 7 countries, which was enacted on Friday. In the statement from Schultz, he explains that the decision by Trump has given him a “heavy heart” and added,
“We have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars.”
Schultz announced his official endorsement for Hillary Clinton in September of 2016 and said after the election that he was shocked with the outcome, but reiterated later that,
“As Americans, whether we voted for Donald Trump or not, he is going to be the president of the United States and I think we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to ensure the fact that he and his team are successful. America needs a successful president and so does the world.”
That being said, Schultz disagrees with some of Trump’s recent decisions and has infused his moral and political beliefs into the very fabric of Starbucks, resulting in the announcement of their intention to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years in the 75 countries where they have stores.
In response to this announcement, those opposed to this idea, which are primarily conservatives that support the ban of immigrants from certain countries or are xenophobic, have taken up arms against the coffee chain with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks. Some of their concerns are valid, like those questioning why the chain didn’t decide to instead hire homeless veterans or African-Americans in the U.S. living in low-income neighborhoods, while some tweets seemed a bit paranoid. Take a look at some of the responses below:
While those against Starbucks and CEO Howard Schultz in the company’s shift, Starbucks and refugee supporters took the hashtag and used it in their tweets to retaliate against the boycott. Some users brought up the infamous (and now seemingly annual) fight against Starbucks’ inclusive holiday cup designs while others teased conservatives about crying over the refugee decision. While #BoycottStarbucks was used in these tweets, some also started using #DrinkStarbucksToFightBigotry; take a look at some of the tweets below:
Whether you’re for or against the executive order banning immigrants and the recent announcement from Starbucks, everyone is invited to get in on these hashtags and develop creative responses to the situations at hand. That’s what makes Twitter and the internet in general so great; there’s no limit to the political and moral banter, which helps keep people informed in 140 characters or less.
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