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Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance

I can’t tell you exactly how many places I eat, drink, or shop at whose owners or leadership have values that conflict with my own. I’ve been a loyal drinker of Starbucks coffee for over twenty years. It’s a liberal company that donates to liberal causes, and I don’t care. I love the coffee. When they announced their plan to hire refugees in response to Trump’s travel ban last year, I didn’t boycott them—even though quite a few people did. When Buffalo Wild Wings implemented a no-guns policy in their restaurants, I didn’t refuse to go there again.

There are lots of companies that I continue to patronize despite disagreeing with their occasional political messaging or virtue signaling.  Heck, I’m writing this on an iMac, and I don’t see eye-to-eye with Apple on most political or cultural issues. As a conservative in a country where pop culture is liberal-dominated, I’ve gotten used to dealing with it and not letting it bother me so much that I find myself constantly refusing to shop at places because of politics.

This month, because it’s “Pride Month,” lots of companies have bombarded us with rainbow-colored versions of their logos. While I find their virtue signaling irritating and self-righteous, I haven’t stopped patronizing them because of it. I’ll still use PayPal, fly JetBlue, use Adobe software, etc., etc.  I do, however, find Disney’s recent offering of pride-themed Mickey ears hats at their theme parks to be offensive because the parks are supposed to be family- and child-friendly. Does it mean I won’t ever go to Disneyland or Disney World again? No. I won’t deprive my child of what is mostly kid-friendly fun over one hat being made for sale.

Of course, there are places I don’t shop at anymore for various reasons. I haven’t shopped at Target since their transgender bathroom policy went into effect, but that was really in protest of their implementing a misguided policy at the expense of the safety of their customers.

My point is, I don’t let trivial differences in politics affect where I shop or eat. It’s sad to think that people are so hateful of anything or anyone who disagrees with them that they will alter their shopping behavior rather than inadvertently support someone who has a different position on any given issue. Several years ago, an app called “BuyPartisan” was created with the sole purpose of enabling consumers to easily find out whether a company donates to Democrat or Republican causes and candidates, and shop accordingly. It was profiled in 2014 in TIME magazine, where we were taken on a journey through the writer’s experimentation with the app. He found the whole process “fun” and “addictive” — but not pathetic or sad.