Have conservatives been pushed to their limits?
Progressive liberals, who drove the reasons for boycotts to levels of absurdity, aren’t coping well with the consequences of rationality being used against them. Tactics, similar to theirs, are backfiring on them. The trend is exploding in their face.
Consider the liberal declaration that the Washington Redskins football team pained Native Americans, or that the terms “brown bag” and “citizens” could be offensive to people in Seattle. Lately, American conservatives countered with some political correctness of their own. Members of the National Rifle Association have objected to mass killers being described as “gunmen.” “Climate change deniers” feel the term is offensive and some on the right prefer the “rich” to be referred to as “job creators.”
For decades, mass media in America told viewers and readers what to think. A recent CNN article, “Still ‘paranoid’ after all these years” mocked voter that don’t trust the media as paranoid conspiracy theorists. But more people think the mainstream media has an agenda that is very favorable to the big corporations and special interests that spend billions of dollars to advertise on their networks. They emphasize and report on things that fit with that agenda, and they don’t like to talk about things that suggest that there is something wrong with that point of view.
Americans, especially conservatives and independents, have had enough. The following highlights some of the reality:
Kathy Griffin was canned by CNN after her unfunny video of the comedian holding a severed head depicting President Donald J. Trump was released. Threatened with boycotts of her live performances and overwhelming angry social media response, Griffin released a video apology, “I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
Several of Griffin’s upcoming appearances, including shows in Grass Valley, CA and Albuquerque, NM were cancelled due to ticket holders outraged wanting their money back.
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network posted on its Twitter account Wednesday.
The USAA financial services firm announced they were reinstating its advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program after military members and veterans threatened boycotts and taking their business elsewhere for its initial decision to pull such ads. When members flooded USAA with complaints, they attempted to spin it away with an excuse of not wanting to advertising on “opinion shows.” This was soon dispelled when it was discovered USAA was running ad in liberal news and opinion programs.
In addition, the conservative Media Equality Project group has organized the #StoptheScalpings campaign to boycott the liberal Rachel Maddow show “to push back against the attempt to silence those who dare to ask tough questions and pursue the truth.” The group says “the DNC, mainstream media, George Soros, and Media Matters” have attempted “to silence [Hannity’s] voice, because it does not speak in unison with their own…As long as Media Matters continues to attack conservatives, we will return them the same kindness. We begin with Rachel Maddow who has been the biggest purveyor of lies and propaganda in the media today.”
In 2012, more than 600,000 people committed on Facebook they would join up with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee suggested a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to counter a boycott against them by same-sex activists. The result was recording-breaking sales on August 1, 2012. The average Chick-fil-A restaurant increased their sales by 30 percent and enjoyed 367 more customers than their typical Wednesday.
Rasmussen Reports results showed that 61 percent of likely voters had a favorable view of the restaurant, while only 13 percent said they would participate in a boycott. Chick-fil-A’s sales jumped 12 percent, to $4.6 billion that year. Their sales trend continues to improve.
A growing slant toward the left has caused viewers in the center and on the right politically are cancelling their ESNP subscriptions in droves. Favorability ratings for the network has dropped by over 15 point in the past four years.
“ESPN impression scores among Republicans have dropped from around 32 in 2013 to just above 16 in 2017,” YouGov reported on May 3.
Just one week the American Family Association called a boycott of Target after the retail giant decided they would allow men to use the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores, over 1 million participants signed up. Today there are over 1.5 million signers to the boycott pledge.
“The boycott cost the company millions in lost sales and added expenses,” Business Insider reported. “Shopper traffic and same-store sales started sliding for the first time in years after the blog post, and the company was forced to spend $20 million installing single-occupancy bathrooms in all its stores to give critics of the policy more privacy…Sales fell nearly 6% in the three quarters after the post compared with the same period last year, and same-store sales have dropped every quarter since the post.”
Political lectures by movie stars are out of control and resulted in resentment from the masses. Perhaps Dan Weber, president of over 1 million members of the Association of Mature American Citizens says it best. Americans of all ages “are tired of being demeaned and mocked by celebrities who have become enriched in large part due to the money we spend on movie tickets and other entertainment programs. If Hollywood continue its vicious, bigoted hate speech against those who simply hold different political views, then we don’t have to watch their films anymore.”
Hollywood has withstood past public resentments, but this time it’s different. In 2002, U.S. movie ticket sales reached 1.58 billion. That number has declined to over a quarter billion seats annually. This is despite increases in population, number of theaters, and number of movies made annually each year. The #BoycottHollywood trend has also increased.
Americans have numerous options to get away from Hollywood celebrities: social media, streaming services, inexpensive technologies, and online gaming are just a few.