I don’t watch Glenn Beck’s program often. Maybe once a week, normally if I’m at the station; I’m usually reading the news from multiple outlets online when his program is on. I wasn’t watching the program he was a guest on July 28 when he said that Obama was a racist “with a deep-seated hatred for white people.”
There have been rumblings of a boycott led by colorofchange.org, a group founded by one of Obama’s cabinet members. Colorofchange has put pressure on several major companies to pull their advertising from Beck’s show. Now, at least twenty major companies have done exactly that. I have a comprehensive list of companies and products that need to hear our displeasure and feel it in their bank accounts.
Among them is my cell phone carrier: Sprint. I just finished writing them a letter demanding that they retract their insistence upon not advertising during Beck’s program within 30 days, lest I switch to Verizon or AT&T (you know, I HAD been thinking of getting an iPhone). The general reason with all of these companies is the same: they want to reach a “diverse” audience through programs that are “informed, inclusive and respectful.”
Is that so? Well, I have to ask–where was this concern when Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and other MSM talking heads were making sophomoric “teabagging” jokes while they “reported” on the Tea Party protests? Where was this concern during the Bush years, when these same people on the major news networks called Bush a racist, a homophobe, a Nazi, and anything else they could think of? Where is this concern when the MSM only gives us the facts about a news story that they want to give us, leaving FOX and the National Journal to sniff out the rest of it for us?
I had been thinking of switching to either Geico or Progressive for my auto insurance…no more. I won’t give them a nickel of my business. I had gone so far as to get quotes from both. That’s a shame, too, because the Progressive commercials with Flo are hilarious.
Clorox used to be a bleach product I bought all the time. Not anymore! Wal Mart also just lost my business for the same reason. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club won’t get a dollar of my business for their part in this fiasco. I don’t care how low their prices are.
Cheese is by far one of my favorite foods; in Mel’s world, it’s a food group unto itself. Sargento got a lot of my business until now. I’ll go with anyone else now, because the privately-held company also pulled its ads from Beck. Their spokeswoman had this to say: “We market our products to people regardless of their political affiliations, yet we do not want to be associated with hateful speech used by either liberal or conservative television hosts.”
Really? Then say that to Keith Olbermann, who named Michelle Malkin one of the “worst people in the world” simply for her stance on illegal immigration, or Geraldo Rivera, who threatened to spit on her. Yank your ads from them, too, or shut up.
The real doozie, though, was Procter and Gamble. The giant company issued a statement that any advertising of its products was done entirely in error, and “we will try to be more careful in the future.”
Oh, boy. Here’s a list of the major products from P&G that you need to boycott:
-Febreeze air freshener
-Old Spice products
-Charmin toilet paper
-Luvs and Pampers diapers
-Clearblue easy pregnancy tests
-all Pepto Bismol products
-all Camay, Ivory, Oil of Olay, Safeguard and Zest soap products
-Cover Girl and MaxFactor beauty products (switch to Revlon!)
-Always and Tampax products
-Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Infusium 23 and Pantene hair care products
-Clairol hair color products
-Align, Braun, Crest, Scope, and Oral-B oral care
-Fibersure and Metamucil
-Prilosec antacid medication
-Pur water filters
-Vicks healthcare (cough drops, vapo-rub)
-Bounty and Mr. Clean household cleaners
-Swiffer (I’ll do with my old broom just fine)
-Bounce, Cheer, Downy, Dreft, Era, Gain, Ivory and Tide laundry detergents
-Eukanuba and Iams pet foods (I can switch to Science Diet)
-Actonel, Asacol, Didronel, Enablex, Macrobid and Microdantin prescription medications
-Braun and Gillette shaving products
Last but not least, the following fragrances are manufactured by P&G:
-Baldessarini, Boss, Bruno Banani, Escada, Ghost, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Hugo, Lacoste, Naomi Campbell and PUMA.
Don’t just avoid these products. Write P&G an email expressing your distaste for their willingness to aid and abet censorship. I already have. Be sure to be absolutely professional when writing. NO AD HOMINEMS.
If you currently do business with any of the companies listed, contact them and request that they withdraw their support from colorofchange and back it up with a promise to switch to a competitor. If these companies are going to allow hate speech directed at conservatives and speak up only when liberals draw our ire, they need to understand that we will not tolerate it.
To be fair, several of these companies have said they haven’t pulled all advertising from FOX. Most of them have stated that they simply gave the command that their advertising not be run during Beck’s program. I take issue with it regardless, though, as should we all. It won’t stop here; once colorofchange gets advertisers to boycott Beck, they’ll move on to Hannity, O’Reilly, and eventually all FOX programming. If they were advertising during a KKK-supportive show, I might be able to understand it. We should not allow this to continue, because it will result in the bullying of all pundits deemed too conservative by the loudest minority in the world: liberals.