Brilliant article, Martha. We had some ideas that all these entertainers and ball players must have had some fall-back, because too many Americans were offended by their foolish behavior a boycott during ball games where fans go to enjoy the game, not be lectured in any way. There are plenty of rallies going on all the time, that they could have joined. I am delighted to hear from you, thanks to your great research, how much it impacted the stadiums, the ticket offices, the NFL and ball players. I believe that Kaepernick, who started all of it, has been off games for 2 years? I wonder if NFL or the owners of the teams reduced the players salaries.
All of these Anti-Trumpers have big mouths and shout out loudly or use sign language like for instance Robert De Niro. Jimmy Kimmel is the latest one, who thinks that conservatives are not disturbed by the late night shows’ rhetoric against Donald Trump. He said on one of the latest shows “there are only liberals in comedy shows, because the conservatives are too dumb for this kind of job.” I am with you, Martha, I will NOT ever go and pay for a movie with Meryl Streep and that applies to others as well. I was glad to hear that Ashley Judd had some repercussions taken against her. She is really a nut case. So drip by drip by drip, boycotts do make a difference. I love to see who you all named in your posting. Thank you for that.
Boycotts took center stage in several areas in 2017. Retail, entertainment, sports and award shows were some that took serious hits.
The NFL was hit by a loss of at least 500 million dollars. The stadiums were full of empty seats, and viewers turned the games off. Advertisers got refunds when viewership dropped below a certain threshold, and even sports bars turned the games off. The boycott took hold when some players took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before each game, by at least five or more teams. It is not clear what their message was. The one they wanted believed was that they were protesting the men in blue for unnecessary abuse against African-Americans. They seemed to forget that the national anthem and the flag stands for our great nation and the military, who put their lives on the line for all of us, every single…
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Thank you for re-blogging my post. Your kind words warmed my heart.
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