Record Number Of Americans Boycotting Businesses They Would Never Visit Anyway
Baseball used to be America's pastime. But now that activity has been surpassed by "boycotting." Over the last 10 years the boycott has become so popular, an industry has popped up around it. It seems everyone can find a reason to not shop somewhere. During the last couple of years the boycott has taken a very interesting turn.
Aside from being largely based on political offense these days, people are eager to boycott businesses they previously never knew existed, and would never in a million years patronize anyway. Recent studies show that 87% of adults and 71% of teens are currently boycotting businesses with which they have never done business.
Jim Stover, with Gallop USA reflects on the phenomenon, "It is interesting. It used to be that a person who used a certain type of hand soap would find out that the manufacturer was using child slave labor in a sweat shop in Brooklyn, and they would immediately change brands and voice their displeasure with the company by publicly boycotting it. The other day the Red Hen, a small restaurant in a Virginia village refused service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she works in the Trump administration, and 5,739 people in Seattle, WA joined the boycott against the restaurant. On Twitter, 1.2 million users used the hashtag #BoycottRedHen. These were mostly Trump supporting supporters. The Red Hen has 14 tables. So over a million people boycotted a restaurant that can seat less than 100 people. The data showed that 99.9% of the people using the hashtag lived more than an hour from the restaurant, had never heard of the eatery before the 'scandal.'"
Some are calling this the ultimate form of 'virtue signaling'... to boycott a place you would never visit. According to research, there are Christians boycotting strip clubs, elementary age kids boycotting car dealerships, white supremacists boycotting BET, seniors boycotting SnapChat, pro-lifers boycotting Planned Parenthood, and Democrats boycotting intelligent conversation.
Moonbeam Jones, a self-proclaimed Progressive living on the coast of Maine says, "I am currently part of 372 boycotts. When that Christian baker didn't bake that cake for the gay couple, I immediately put him on boycott. I'm never going to get married. I've got my dog and cat. I honestly don't know what state it was in. I can't even eat baked goods because I'm lactose and also gluten intolerant. But still... I thought it was important to take a stand and say that I will never patronize that place, wherever it is."