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52 Flashes of Fiction: Week 17 – Silent Protest

I read somewhere recently that this local singer said some bad stuff about women and now all the feminist groups in town are boycotting anywhere he sings. They refuse to patronize any establishment that supports him by letting him perform. I think this is what they call a silent protest, where you let your money speak for you. Supposedly the businesses will get the idea that they want their customers back and will boot the offending performer, but I think this is a lot of boloney.

Of anything, I would like to think that protesting would be the last arena where political correctness would be concerned. It’s like when you don’t want to start a fight with someone but you’re just snarky enough to drop the hint that you’re upset and wait for them to come apologize. Does that ever work?

I don’t particularly care who thinks I’m supporting them when I buy a cup of coffee. Hopefully it’s the person who made the coffee, but y’know, the coffee could turn out to be terrible as soon as I walk away from the register and the person would still think I liked it if I didn’t complain.

Nobody likes to complain about their coffee though because it shoots us full of “first-world problem” pains while we do it. And whose fault is it really that you don’t like the coffee? We could pin that sucker all the way back to the cow who fertilized the beans in Cuba. And besides, maybe WE’RE the weird ones who can’t tell good coffee when we’ve paid for it. Maybe we’re getting a cold or something and it’s actually just our mistake.

So we just don’t buy that coffee anymore. We don’t go back to that awful coffee shop and heh, we showed them with our dollars what we like and don’t like. We snatched our dollars right out of the mouths of the children of whoever is responsible for such bad coffee.

I mean, if you believe that it’s all just a matter of supply and demand, if you think it’s a voiceless economy that dictates what goes on, what fails and prospers, if you think that money does all the talking, then I guess it makes sense that you just pick up your stack of monopoly papers and go home.

But I think it’s a lot of boloney.

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4 thoughts on “52 Flashes of Fiction: Week 17 – Silent Protest

  1. I think Economic boycotts and other types of protests can be powerful tools to right social wrongs. In light of Dr. Martin Luther King Jrs Birthday Jan. 15th if the Freedom Riders had not protested, if there had not been sit-in’s at Woolworths, if Rosa Parks had got up and moved, if there was no Montgomery Boycott the Jim Crow laws would still be in effect. The Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Gay Rights movements have opened doors and changed millions of lives for the better. I know to this day I still don’t buy in stores that disrespect me. It might not be much of an impact but every little bit counts. Whenever I’m tempted to find fault or judge I think of the stories my mother, aunts, & grandmother told me of what this country was like in the 30s, 40s & 50s. Sobering memories.

      • I do think that boycotting can work and accomplish quite a bit, but it has to be towards the right company. People all the time boycott store giants like WalMart, or only buy products produced by their own country. Localized, it can really hurt a store’s sales, but ultimately you’re harming the workers who are usually there because they need the work.
        If it’s an independent coffee shop, you’re only hurting the business. Mind you, if a singer is performing on only a particular night or time slot, just don’t go in at that time or that day. You aren’t showing support for that singer, but by going in the next day (if it’s a place you usually go) talk to the people who work there. I’m sure if they receive enough negative feedback, they won’t invite the singer back.
        If though, it’s a place you never go to, saying you’e not going to go that particular time, won’t effect anything. People are just blowing their horn for no reason.
        It all depends on the situation and the issue. Human rights issues, boycotting speaks volumes, A singer making some negative comments, he’s just trying to get his 5 minutes of fame extended a few more minutes.

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