Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Kanye West dropped by Pepsi......
This may sound a little crass, but as a generation X'er I feel like I'm well positioned to voice my opinion regarding my own generation. Unlike our parents and their parents, we tend NOT to stand for anything which results in us falling for everything. Its time we take a stand. Kanye West, former spokesperson for Pepsi, has since lost his endorsement deal with the soft drink giant due to his publicized remarks regarding the mishandling of the Katrina evacuees/victims.
I mean if you're like me...just SICK and TIRED of being black in America and being mishandled, then do something. Our parents and their parent's SHUT DOWN an entire bus system during the Civil Rights era by CHOOSING to do something. Here is your opportunity. I'm calling a boycott on ALL Pepsi products. If they want to drop Kanye, how about we DROP them! And as much as I love a good Pepsi and a bag of Fritos, I'm not buying another Pepsi including any of their family products (see link below) until a formal apology is given and a donation is rendered to the Red Cross (or a similar organization) in the sum of the amount of Kanye's contract with Pepsi.
Shondell Towns- Boycott Organizer
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Origins: Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West ruffled feathers with his remarks during the "Concert for Hurricane Relief," a
However, that Kanye West strayed from the script he'd been handed to make controversial remarks during a national live broadcast does not mean Pepsi canceled its deal with him for endorsement of its products. While West did voice negative statements of a political nature during his time as a Pepsi spokesperson and such comments were not received well by everyone (some who'd had earlier made financial pledges during the aid broadcast were moved to call back to cancel their donations after he'd said his piece), his arrangement with Pepsi remains in place. We discovered as much when we telephoned the soft drink maker to inquire about the claim of its having been rescinded. "It's a false rumor — no truth," we were told.
According to a statement which is now circulating online from Pepsi-Cola's Manager for Public Relations North America, Nicole Bradley:
The e-mailed call to arms' demand that Pepsi donate a sum equal to the value of West's contract to the Red Cross implies the soft drink maker has done little or nothing of a beneficent nature for Katrina's victims. Pepsico, the company that manufactures Pepsi plus a host of other products, has donated heavily to Katrina relief, including its gift of
The internet has seen misdirected calls for boycotts of Pepsi products before. In 2002 the soda maker became the object of wrath after a can design that omitted "under God" from "One nation ... indivisible" came to be falsely attributed to it. Such a can had been used for a short time by
Barbara "canned response" Mikkelson
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