Cher would like Macy’s Department store to dump Donald Trump over his “recent criticism” of newly-elected president Barrack Obama. Trump criticised Obama after his election win, tweeting that, “[t]his election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” He also tweeted that America should “fight like hell and stop this disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.”
Cher tweeted that she’ll “never go to Macy’s again! Macy’s does not care that they sell products from a loudmouth racist cretin, who’d lie like his rug to get some cheap press!” Trump is featured in Macy’s new Christmas advertising campaign and has his own suit and fragrance line. A Macy’s spokesmen, Michael Cohen, says that Trump’s “ties, shirts, cufflinks, fragrances and other merchandise are top-selling items across the country [USA]. The country has been founded on the principles of freedom of speech – something Mr. Trump is entitled to as well.”
I would have to say I agree with the Macy’s spokesmen on this issue. Even though Trump was a Mitt Romney supporter during the US election, he still has the right to say what he would like about Barrack Obama’s winning of the Presidency. That’s what freedom of speech is; no matter whose side you are on in an election, you are allowed to say what you like.
Moreover, from a marketing and advertising point of view, Trump’s high-class image equals a bigger bang for your buck for Macy’s. I can see that many business people would be attracted to purchasing his line of products, thinking things such as “Look how Donald Trump dresses/smells and he is so successful. If I dress/smell this way I’ll be (or at least seem) successful too.” Nonetheless, a petition was sent around and 400, 000 of Macy’s customers have signed the “Dump Trump” petition.
What the argument comes down to, in my mind, is this: It does not matter about the petition, what Cher said, or what Trump said. What it comes down to is the fact that in all 3 instances Americans were practicing their right as American citizens to democracy and to say what they want. In many other places in the world, people do not have these freedoms; people are getting killed or thrown in jail for voicing their opinions. So whoever you agree with – Cher and the 400, 000 people who signed her petition, or Donald Trump and his “corporate image” – you too are practising your freedom of choice when you think about these issues and discuss these matters with your friends and family. In the end, you have the freedom that comes from democracy too, and for that, you are blessed.
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