by Mark Angelides
It seems that the coffee company Starbucks is forever finding itself embroiled in one “storm in a coffee cup” after another. Whether it’s telling it’s investors that if they don’t support Gay Marriage then their money is unwelcome, or allowing their Saudi Arabia branches to ban women from buying coffee; this company is suffering from a delusion that it can enforce its political voice without consequence.
The latest trouble is in Indonesia and Malaysia where Islamic groups (powerful ones, too), have called for mass boycotting of the coffee shops because of their stance on LGBTQ rights; these groups are also petitioning government demanding that their license to operate be revoked. Will Starbucks stand firmly by their principles, or will they cave in, and make politically loaded statements that can be read as distancing themselves from certain causes? It is actually a much larger question…Between Islamic rights and Gay rights, which side will win out?
If Starbucks caves in any way to the Islamist demands, they will lose their Western market by being labeled anti-LGBTQ. But if they keep up with the gay rights side, they will almost definitely lose at least two countries of their existing 75 markets (with more to follow no doubt).
This particular issue is actually much larger than what happens to a (a fairly average quality) coffee shop. When we consider what strange companion groups have joined together in the ever present protest against Conservatives (real conservatives, not the groups that claim to be so) and “the White Male”, it make you wonder how these short term alliances will eventually resolve themselves.
Consider the Gay Pride March in Chicago last month where Jews were banned from carrying flags or symbols. Who was that appeasing? One of the would-be marchers said: “I’m German-born. Am I pinkwashing by being here and supporting my community? Is every nation which does not have a clean civil-rights record and also hosts a Pride parade guilty of pinkwashing? With all the people that so hate the LGBTQ community, for it to tear itself apart in self-hatred makes no sense at all,”
According to the organizers, this particular March was pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist.
And then there are the Feminist groups that join with Islamist groups!?!?! They cannot be so utterly blind as to not realize what is happening. They are being used by people who hate the very idea of their existence and ideas; but both sides hate another group more, so they join forces.
These “strange bedfellows” will eventually come to a point where they can no longer ignore each other. They will have to face the reality of each other’s ideals. And when that day comes, who do you think will win?
In a deliberate attempt to display acceptance of migrants, the CEO of Starbucks opened multiple coffee shops to specifically cater to one special group. However, shortly after appeasing them, the CEO was shocked to discover how his new customers repaid his kindness.
Until stepping down in April 2017, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz frequently made headlines for his politicizing the coffee corporation. Whether he was telling the Christian majority that their business wasn’t welcome or vowing to discriminately hire thousands of Muslim asylum seekers, Schultz used the international restaurant chain to defy conservatives and, ultimately, President Donald Trump at every turn. Now that Kevin Johnson has taken over as CEO, he’s finding that continuing Schultz’s legacy of supporting both liberal interests and Muslim values reaps devastating results.
Despite supporting Muslims in various politicized moves, former-CEO Schultz has left successor Johnson to inherit a once untouchable corporation choking on its own values. After specifically catering to Muslims in Islamic Malaysia and Indonesia, devout Muslim organizations are boycotting Starbucks and demanding the coffee chain’s license to do business in the countries be revoked because of the company’s support of LGBT rights.
After years of conservatives warning liberals that their values are incompatible with their temporary Muslim allies, the Islamic community in 2 very profitable nations has turned against the corporate giant that has consistently supported them. Schultz abandoned his position as CEO just in time for Johnson to feel the effects of years of furthering the Islamic and leftist agenda, fleeing as Sharia law advocates began rising up with fierce international opposition toward his pro-LGBT stance.
The massive boycott was organized by Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic group, in order to stand for the Islamic prophet’s hardline stance against homosexualityand brutal punishment of such acts. The movement was joined last week by the Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports the rights of Malay Muslims per the Quran and hadith, as support for the boycott grows to devastating numbers. The call to boycott was raised by Amini Amir Abdullah, the head of Perkasa’s Islamic affairs bureau, according to Daily Mail.
“Our objection is because they are promoting something that is against the human instinct, against human behaviour and against religion. That’s why we are against it,” Amini said on Wednesday.
The boycott only recently gained ground after a 2013 video of Schultz’s pro-LGBT comments recently resurfaced, drawing the Muslim groups’ ire. In the clip, Schultz proclaims that Starbucks embraces the LGBT community in response to Christians who will not support gay marriage. While Schultz likely believed he was only alienating his Christian customers, he ironically couldn’t foresee that he would be enraging the Muslim world, whose laws prescribe the death penalty for homosexuals.
“Though we are founded in the United States, we are a global company with over 300,000 partners and 26,000 stores in 75 markets around the world. In all countries where we do business, we are proud to be a part of the fabric of the local community, and we strive to be respectful of local customs and traditions while staying true to Starbucks long-standing values and purpose,” a Starbucks spokesman said in a statement, the Chicago Tribune reports.
While not every Muslim will follow the boycott, even those who still want to consume Starbucks products admit that they disagree with its political stance on gay marriage.
“I love their products, not their CEO,” said Jakarta resident Kornelius Kamajaya.
Although Schultz was the driving force behind Starbucks’ liberal political campaign, Johnson is left to pick up the pieces. Unfortunately, this includes more damaging press than even a two-country boycott.
In the birthplace of Islam, Starbucks blew up media around the world for supporting gender segregation and misogyny after their stores refused to allow women inside. Coffee franchises in Saudi Arabia not only refused to serve women but would not let them enter, in accordance with Sharia law. Women were forced to send male relatives or escorts inside to complete orders as Starbucks concealed what these locations were doing.
Starbucks is the epitome of liberal idiocy in the 21st century. While excluding the majority, they vehemently support the ideology that despises them and either secretly or openly strives to prohibit their values. Because the company has repeatedly placed its political beliefs above running a successful enterprise, Starbucks is once again feeling the heat, not only as its political enemies refuse to purchase but also because its most beloved minority is now boycotting them.
H/T: Mad World News
by Mark Angelides