As always, a hashtag meant to unite people has backfired hilariously.
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.”
“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 have taken up arms against the coffee chain with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks. Take a look at some of the responses below:
— STOCK MONSTER (@Darren32895836) January 30, 2017
Black American unemployment rate is double the national average but Starbucks is looking to hire foreigners. #BoycottStarBucks
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) January 30, 2017
— The Bucket Shop (@TheBucketShop) January 30, 2017
— Missouri 4 TRUMP ! (@Johnatsrs1949) January 30, 2017
That awkward moment when "anti-capitalism" liberals adore capitalist icon Starbucks. Oh, the irony!#BoycottStarbucks
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) January 30, 2017
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:
— XO Podcast (@TheXOPodcast) January 30, 2017
Im going to Starbucks to have me a venti cup of "conservative tears" #BoycottStarbucks
— Fernando (@94er_) January 30, 2017
Conservative: we only want immigrants that contribute to society
Starbucks: OK, I'll give them a job
Conservatives: Omg #BoycottStarbucks
— Justiceashakur (@justiceshakur29) January 30, 2017
Republicans: Special snowflake liberals❄️❄️❄️ can't handle the real world!
also Republicans: #BoycottStarbucks approximately 6 times a year
— hannah utter (@utter_hannah) January 30, 2017
The panic when you see #BoycottStarbucks vs the relief when it's actually just a reason to buy more
— Aaron (@TheGameofSoles) January 30, 2017
I hope all the #BoycottStarbucks people actually do it. Then this coming winter we won't have to hear their complaints about the f*ing cups
— Becky Soule (@BeckyMegan2) January 30, 2017
This isn't just about bigotry. I might add that Starbucks is hiring 10,000 combat veterans AND refugees. #DrinkStarbucksToFightBigotry
— Emanuel Zbeda (@therealezway) January 30, 2017
Be sure to order your coffee weak like your President. #DrinkStarbucksToFightBigotry
— CK (@charley_ck14) January 30, 2017
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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