If you’re familiar with the whole Starbucks gay marriage debacle then you’ll know that CEO Howard Schultz has “outed” the company as supporting gay marriage.
It happened last year in 2012 when Starbucks joined forces with several companies, including Microsoft, Nike and Vulcan to publically show their support of a pro-gay marriage bill. In 2013 Shultz reaffirmed the company ethos in a shareholder meeting. Starbucks support gay marriage.
And this has led to a surge of websites imploring others to boycott Starbucks because of how they have apparently so egregiously offended the public.
The leading website protesting against Howard Schultz’s pro-gay marriage stance, aptly named DumpStarbucks.com, asserts that the coffee chain has “deeply offended” half of its US customers with its pro-gay ethos, as well as the “vast majority” of its international customers.
Yes, as it turns out, the brilliant minds behind DumpStarbucks.com have decided that people cannot be held responsible for determining what offends them, so they’re going to go right ahead and do it for them.
In this case, if you oppose gay marriage, then Starbucks have deeply offended you with their pro-gay marriage musings. Apparently opposing gay marriage and not giving a shit where your coffee place stands on the issue is no longer an option, no sir, according to DumpStarbucks.com, Starbucks have deeply offended you and you need to show that by boycotting them.
(P.S. Companies like Microsoft has also come out in similar fashion to support gay marriage, but I’m guessing getting readers to dump their Windows computer and buy Linux or Apple instead might prove to be a harder sell.)
My problem with sites like DumpStarbucks.com is at what point in history did disagreeing with someone and being offended by them become synonymous? Since when did I become obliged to be offended by people who disagree with me?
It’s a sensitive subject for many, granted. But I think that even the anti-gay marriage supporters need to realise that it takes all kinds to make a world. I actually support the stance Starbucks have taken, but even if I didn’t I would say this – so the guy who runs my coffee shop supports gay marriage. So what? The guy who cooks my chicken kebab believes in reincarnation. The guy who sells me my newspaper believes in school prayer. Hell, the dude who fixes my cable believes the countdown to the invasion of the spaceship overlords is almost over. Am I offended by these people or will I boycott their services? Not a chance. The kebab is out of this world and my cable guy gives me free tin foil.
If I stopped buying products from people who I disagree with on important issues then I’d be living out of a box only accepting donations from around 0.2% of the people who pass me by.
If you want to boycott Starbucks because their CEO supports gay marriage and that somehow offends you then that’s your choice. My point is that there aren’t just two sides. You’re not stuck with either drinking Starbucks or being against gay marriage. When it comes to caring about the stance your local coffee joint has on gay marriage, it really is okay not to give a shit what they think.
And frankly, if I were against gay marriage, I would be more offended by sites like DumpStarbucks.com and their immature, naive assumptions as opposed to the beliefs of a man who runs my coffee shop.
As for me, I’m already boycotting Starbucks. The prices are ridiculous.