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NOM Expands Failing Starbucks Boycott to Countries Where Homosexuality is Stigmatized or Criminalized

StarbucksThe National Organization for Marriage (NOM) started a boycott of Starbucks back in March after confronting the company's chairman and CEO Howard Schultz at the annual shareholders meeting about Starbucks' inclusive policies toward LGBT people and its support of marriage equality.

Since then, the company has seen a groundswell of support from the LGBT community and its allies including a petition with 643,838 signatures (at this posting) thanking the company. Its stock has risen, and the Schultz reports that they have not seen any negative effect of the NOM boycott.

BrownMaybe that's why NOM is making a desperate attempt to expand its boycott internationally, into countries where homosexuality is either heavily stigmatized, or criminalized:

In our first week, we gained 25,000 pledge signers in the U.S. alone; today we go international, expanding campaigns into Mandarin, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, and Bahala (one of the chief languages of Indonesia)," announced NOM President Brian Brown. " online ads will also start running in Egypt, Beijing, Hong Kong, the Yunnan region of China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait."

"What happens in Seattle won't to stay in Seattle," Brown (pictured) continued. "By making gay marriage core to his brand, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz is telling millions of customers and partners who support traditional marriage in the Middle East, China, South America and North America that they aren't truly part of the Starbucks community."


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  1. It's BAHASA not bahala. Great research went into this, obviously. Their hubris and cynicism is disgusting.

    And as an aside: Starbucks is a luxury good in Indonesia. The price point makes it inaccessible to 90+ % of the population. Those who can afford it are wealthier and more westernized. And probably live in Jakarta. So yeah, I'm guessing this boycott will make no impact whatsoever.

    Posted by: Andrew | Apr 10, 2012 1:01:20 PM

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha!

    Good luck, NOM

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 10, 2012 1:02:12 PM

  3. Ooo this is nasty. I hope Schultz can hold onto his admired principles when it comes to the world's suckiest countries. I'm sure he'll try but...

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 10, 2012 1:02:39 PM

  4. Yeah, other countries really love it when the USA tells them what to do. Good luck!

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 10, 2012 1:06:56 PM

  5. If this motivates people in these countries to do violence directed at gay people, there will be blood on NOM's hands -- specifically Brian Brown's. But to these inhuman monsters, the ends justify the means.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Apr 10, 2012 1:11:18 PM

  6. this is hilarious. and NOM is telling millions of LGBT and non-bigoted straight folks that they're....uh....what exactly?

    are we supposed to be apologizing for having made the great mental leap from the dark ages?

    by all means, BB, begin insisting that the countries you've otherwise deemed "the enemy" are suddenly beacons of Jesus-ness :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 10, 2012 1:11:30 PM

  7. Brian looks like he could stand to lay off the caramel frappuccinos... just sayin'

    Posted by: VoenixRising | Apr 10, 2012 1:23:33 PM

  8. Looking at Brown's eyes gives me the feeling of falling into a freezing abyss. Completely soulless. Come to think of it, most of his ilk strike me similarly. Maybe their zealotry is negatively corollated with their lack of souls - the less soul and connection to a soul, the more extreme they become in the effort to find a connection and please their god. Perhaps because of their fundamental inability to love their fellow man as Jesus instructed, they sacrifice themselves to lives of fire and brimstone and fear to try to connect with God. Look at Maggie, Phelps, any of them. Completely soulless.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 10, 2012 1:30:24 PM

  9. I keep thinking of "First Family" with Gilda Radner as I am reading this story. Only in this case, perhaps Brian Brown will be taken as a virginal sacrifice to the volcano gods...

    Posted by: 99% | Apr 10, 2012 1:43:21 PM

  10. This is a vain attempt to make their boycott seem successful by targeting it at places where anti-ay sentiment is already excessive. I bet they will get 25,000 more signatures in just a few days. Its like crowing about your anti-gay campaign among the pfox crowd.


    Posted by: Robert | Apr 10, 2012 1:50:00 PM

  11. interesting how most of those countries mentioned would probably hate him for his Christianity about as much as they hate the gays... lol. as for Spain.. good luck with that... they already have gay marriage in Spain. duh.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Apr 10, 2012 1:52:23 PM

  12. NOM = National Organization for Murder.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 10, 2012 1:58:40 PM

  13. I'm sure that NOM will soon be partnering with the Taliban or Al Qaeda soon, anything to expand their hateful agenda. This latest move just really shows their desperation.

    Posted by: brent | Apr 10, 2012 2:06:59 PM

  14. DumpStarbucks - now failing in a language near you!

    Posted by: Paul Mc | Apr 10, 2012 2:14:21 PM

  15. So, let me see if I understand. NOM plans to whip up anti-Starbucks sentiment by whipping up anti-gay sentiment in those countries in which we are already at risk for our lives? This sounds like a plan Scott Lively would cook up and take into Uganda. I sure hope HRC is planning to make some major noise about this.

    Posted by: Keppler | Apr 10, 2012 2:16:58 PM

  16. This organization needs to be shut down and their donors need to be exposed. Desperate, they are indeed, but they also have A LOT of money as we've recently learned and they can cause a lot of harm to MANY people. They've proven they do not give a toss about our families or lives, makes sense that they'd ask for support from cultures who hang gay people in public. Makes me sick to my stomach.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 10, 2012 2:32:02 PM

  17. Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are two despicable human beings.

    Posted by: Ninong | Apr 10, 2012 2:34:34 PM

  18. Nothing says "National" organization for "Marriage" like international gay-bashing.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Apr 10, 2012 2:35:49 PM

  19. And still no announcement of boycotting Microsoft? I wonder why? Microsoft signed right alongside Starbucks in support of marriage equality in Washington State.

    Posted by: Sammy | Apr 10, 2012 3:06:13 PM

  20. If you see someone preaching hate on this thread, they are working for NOM.

    Posted by: ophu | Apr 10, 2012 3:24:55 PM

  21. They are showing depraved indifference to human life to be taking their anti-gay message to countries where gays are already suffering under oppressive regimes that criminalize them, and where hate crimes are common and go un-investigated.

    These people are so disgusting.

    It's just depraved disregard for the effects of the actions.

    Posted by: Scott Wooledge | Apr 10, 2012 6:18:02 PM

  22. Wow. They are looking to the likes of China, UAE and Bahrain to support them? Countries where gays can be killed or imprisoned, women have to wear burkas or headscarves, and human rights violations are commonplace and acceptable. They're really building quite the moral coalition of countries. Especially considering most of those countries are full of people who hate fundie Christians like the NOMies with a passion.

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 10, 2012 7:17:11 PM

  23. Many of those places have legalized polygamy and forced underage marriage. That's "traditional marriage"?

    Posted by: Dana Chilton | Apr 10, 2012 9:35:15 PM

  24. Idiots. Here in Hong Kong, there's not much gay stigma. It's not Scandinavia but it's not the kind of place where something like this will fly. Even Yunnan in China is a strange choice, because Kunming has one of the mainland's bigger gay populations. The tide in China is slowly turning toward openness and acceptance, and mainlanders are going to be more interested in Starbucks as a prestige brand than they are in the company's support of same-sex marriage in the US. Another misfire is the choice to run ads in Mandarin, in simplified Chinese characters, here in HK... where Cantonese and traditional characters are used. Idiots.

    Posted by: MSMINHKG | Apr 10, 2012 9:40:57 PM

  25. Individual consumers can quietly buy coffee without declaring their intentions. Those countries have no more or fewer gay people than we do.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 10, 2012 9:42:00 PM

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