Anyone decided to boycott Barilla today? If you been on Facebook, you may have seen any number of calls to boycott the pasta company based on a statement from their chairman Guido Barilla.
I may regret this, but I think the media – social and otherwise – is making a bigger deal out of what he said that is actually warranted. What he said was related to a question about a particular advert, specifically,
“For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company,” he told Italian radio on Wednesday evening. “I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.”
Right, I don’t agree with him, and I might want to spend my money elsewhere, but to be responsible, I should check that the companies I buy from match all my values, about people, the environment, animal welfare etc etc….
Are you posting your support of the boycott of Barilla on your Facebook page from your iPhone? Because Facebook has been criticized for various issues, including online privacy and hate speech. Apple has been criticized for unethical business practices, including child labour. Been shopping in Walmart lately? Don’t tell me you have anything that Nestles or Kraft produces. Do you know where your coffee was made, who picked it and if they were compensated fairly? The clothes you are wearing right now, are you sure nothing came from workers who were not paid a living wage, or worse children?
Want to know who else you should be boycotting? Here’s a list of just 30, been to any of them lately?
Advance Auto Parts
Allergan (Manufacturer of Botox)
AmerisourceBergen (Owner of Good Neighbor Pharmacies and Pennsylvania’s largest company by revenue)
Bed Bath & Beyond
Berkshire Hathaway (Parent company of Geico, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom)
Host Hotels & Resorts (Includes Four Seasons and Marriott hotels)
Lowe’s Companies Inc.
News Corporation (Wall Street Journal, Fox News, 20th Century Fox)
What I’m saying is don’t be lazy. Don’t jump on the boycott wagon because all your Facebook friends have decided to change pasta brands. To boycott a company based on a single statement, and not completely examine all your purchasing would be irresponsible.