Breitbart calls for boycott of Kelloggs

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  1. samcraig macrumors P6

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    http://www.latimes.com/business/hol...bart-kelloggs-advertisers-20161130-story.html

    First, pulling your ads from a publication, show or station that conflicts with a company's values, or for any reason really isn't un-american. It's capitalism and I thought that's something most conservatives were in favor of?

    Second, boycotting is not stupid or un-american, but I really don't think people in general are organized or coordinated enough for this to be effective - especially when you'll have the "left" potentially and purposely buying more in support of their decision. Boycotting can be effective to make your voice heard, even it can be considered passive. And really only if you're actively giving something up. Boycotting something you never use or pay for has no affect. That's why I laughed at the Hamilton boycott. The show is sold out for nearly 2 years.

    I also noticed that Kelloggs was founded by a Seventh Day Adventist. It should really come as no surprise over at Breitbart or its readers that they have values that conflict with the publication. The real surprise might be why they advertised there in the first place.

    Lastly, I have to say on a personal note that I equate this type of boycott to when someone breaks up with someone and then they get angry and scream, "You can't break up with me, I'll never talk to you again!"
     
  2. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I expect to see Carrier become the official sponsor of Breitbart.
     
  3. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    I would question whether Carrier's advertising budget is remotely like that of Kelloggs. But yeah - I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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    Food boycotts are tricky. When some pol runs his mouth about a boycott of a food producer (say Trump on Nabisco with the oreos thing which Trump kept referring to during his campaign, asserting various only half-baked gone-to-Mexico tales which the parent company had to keep correcting) what usually happens is some retail consumers quit buying the product for a few runs to the grocery store but the supermarkets may also run some weekly specials to move the stuff off the shelves... net = increased demand for the product and the supermarket has to run something as a loss leader anyway.

    Plus Breitbart calling for a boycott of a cereal producer is bassackwards. Sure it's possible to rile up Trump supporters with stories about exports of jobs. On the other hand, if a boycott works, say Kellogg cereals take a hit, and the manufacturer finally says I know let's just not make these two any more, we can kill off these expensive plants in the US and blam, there go more jobs plus hey, raisin bran and frosted flakes at the food banks and the periodic buy-X-for-$Y sales. The consumers of these products are Trump voters. Thanks, Don, thanks Steve.

    And what if they quit making Pop Tarts. (i could be making this up but i think those are still consumed in the states). There might be a revolution by the K-4 set.
     
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    I don't know about all of you posters but I have been trying to cut sugar cereal for some time!
     
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    Kelloggs is Battle Creek so they're trying to take more American jobs
     
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    food or breitbart...food or breitbart...food or breitbart...food or breitbart...food or breitbart...food or breitbart...food or breitbart...
    Seemingly a tough decision, but I always choose the food .
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    Well, the Kellogg's bros weren't really all ok up there. You should read what their "health" clinic/sanitarium did to its patients.....
     
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    Maybe Breitbart will someday call for a boycott of excessively sugared products? On the grounds that a true stalwart in their world view of politics does not need extra sugar to beat lefties at the polls. I'm willing to be shamed over sugars, why not :D
     
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    Sugar is 100% socialist, borderline communist.
     
  11. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    I might insist they also call for boycott of HFCS though...
     
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    HFCS make food companies save money, and sell more. Definitely on the side of capitalism.
    #MakeHFCSGreatAgain
     
  13. Scepticalscribe, Dec 1, 2016
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    Hm.

    Try telling that to Russians who ran out of sugar while trying to distil creative home-brewed beverages when the Soviet Government attempted to curtail alcohol sales in the mid 1980s.

    More interestingly, the sorry saga of slavery and sugar - and where they intersected - is an interesting (and deeply disturbing one) in 17th and 18th century British (trading) history.
     
  14. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    I would like to normalize sugar vs any artificial sweetener. Everything in moderation.
     
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    You're not far off, considering the tariffs the U.S. government levies on foreign sugar to support American sugar producers.
     
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    Really? I had no idea about this! Was it before Gorby's time?
     
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    Ah, actually, it was during Gorby's time. Very, very, early in Gorby's time, the first year or so, thus, 1985-86.

    In essence, it was an early (exceedingly) botched effort at engineering reform by clumsily attempting to address the issues (social, cultural, economic) caused by rampant alcoholism by the crudest means possible - curtailing supply - and failing (completely) to understand the concept of 'unintended consequences'.
     
  18. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I be joking.
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    Never touch the stuff.

    What do I have for breakfast? Whatever I was eating the night before.

    Tofu, rice, veggies ...
     
  19. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Awwwww, poor snowflakes over at breitbart. Do they need a safe space from cereal now too?
     
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    Ai, what a horrible hashtag... and what does Italia think of this abomination?

    How about #HFCSNevermoreQuothTheRaven :D

    HFCS in my opinion changes how bread toasts. It tastes awful in commercial soups that one may have learned otherwise to make palatable by adding a few fresh ingredients and a splash of heat from some pepper or another. It separates sometimes in condiments like ketchup. In fact it caused me to make my own ketchup. Which in turn caused me rarely to bother...

    Corn is interesting commodity. I always figured when ADM decides it's a pain in the neck to process corn for cereals, just make ethanol out of it and HFCS and be done with it, that will be the apex of capitalism, followed shortly by the collapse of the human race. Why? Because it's a pain in the neck to make most processed foods, and when you look at what ADM has gathered under its roof, you realize we're all rather vulnerable to changes of mind in its executive offices.

    Breitbrart should agitate for breakup of ADM, even I could go for that one LOL.
     
  21. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    Their safe space is the white house. I think their good.
     
  22. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Haha, that won't last for long. The swamp is overflowing. Soon they'll all be underwater.
     
  23. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    I wonder if Trump will make sure there are no Kelloggs products in the White House now.
     
  24. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    Rather interesting how we find Boycotts to be acceptable when it is to our own interests.
     
  25. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    so you think he's appointing special interest lobbyists and people guilty of some type of corruption or ties to or support for foriegn gov'ts?
     

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