It seems like yet another American Brand has decided that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution has become obsolete.
On April 21 reports started circulating that Yeti Coolers had abruptly cut ties with the NRA Foundation without as much as an explanation or any prior notice, and by April 22 a #BoycottYeti campaign was already sweeping the internet and social media.
The NRA past president and USF executive director Marion Hammer confirmed last week that without warning or prior notice Yeti had declined to do business with the NRA Foundation. All they said was they no longer wished to be an NRA vendor but refused to say why, only that they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.
“Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation. That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed. They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities. These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.”
Hammer also pointed out that the NRA Foundation is a charity organization which raises money “to support youth programs and educational programs nationwide” and says Yeti “should be ashamed.”
— Ernie Bass (@ErnieBass3) April 23, 2018
But as we have learned before whenever there is a company in America who makes an asinine move like this, there is always one, or several waiting to take its place and do the right thing.
Although YETI had cut ties with customers, who happened to also own g*n and began blowing up their costly coolers, other cooler manufacturers, such as RTIC Coolers pledged their support for the Second Amendment.
YETI replied to the backlash with a statement expressing their commitment to protecting Second Amendment rights. The company also says that the NRA Foundation’s statement claiming that they “no longer wish to be an NRA vendor” is misleading:
— YETI (@YETICoolers) April 23, 2018
Whatever is going on here I hope it can be sorted out so the public can have the facts before they “blow up” a perfectly good $200 plus dollar cooler.
More on NRA Boycotts Via Business Insider:
“Activists supporting and opposing stricter g*n regulations are taking sides in America’s latest round of boycotts.
Delta, United Airlines, Hertz, and MetLife are among more than a dozen companies that have cut ties with the NRA in the past week after the school m******e this month in Parkland, Florida. NRA members are offered discounts and other deals as part of their belonging to the g*n-rights organization.
In response to companies cutting ties, supporters of the NRA have sprung into action with boycotts of their own.
Delta, United, and Hertz are now the enemy for pro-g*n-rights activists, while FedEx has become a new ally.
The divided response is playing out in the Twitter replies and Facebook pages of every company that has ever offered NRA members discounts.
The traditional complaints about poor customer service and delayed flights are completely forgotten in favor of celebration or disgust over g*n control.
Roughly half are positive, roughly half are negative — and there is no in-between.
Boycotts and counter-boycotts have become an increasingly common part of the American political narrative in recent years.
From conservatives smashing Keurigs after the company pulled ads from Sean Hannity’s show to liberals ditching Macy’s for selling Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand, political hot spots are increasingly being tied to consumer boycotts.
“Reputation these days is far more visible and important,” John Paluszek, executive producer of corporate responsibility organization Business in Society, told Business Insider.
As e-commerce opens up seemingly infinite options to customers, experts say that corporate values are playing an increasingly large role in customers’ shopping decisions. Tying a brand to certain values and political beliefs is one way to beat out rivals, especially for brands attempting to establish a higher-end image.
As a result, companies are expected to take sides on certain political issues.
The emphasis on companies’ social values comes at a time of intense political polarization. Behavior once seen as apolitical, such as having or cutting advertising on a certain right-wing TV show, is now seen as unacceptable by a huge chunk of the US.
Boycotts typically don’t have a major impact on sales in the short-term. But, they can have a huge impact on how American shoppers think about politics and brands.
Endless boycotts create a cycle of division
G*n control should be something that Americans can agree on. In fact, most of the US does agree.
A Quinnipiac poll released last week found that two-thirds of American voters support stricter g*n laws, reaching the highest level in the poll’s history.
But the instinctive counter-boycott led by many on the right has made it seem as though there is no middle ground between people calling for g*n-control regulation and those who support g*n rights.
The NRA has pushed back against even moderate g*n-control regulation, something much of the country agrees with. So, it makes sense that a company would want to cut ties with the NRA, especially since the discount deal is a pretty insignificant part of business.
But, as was the case in past boycott efforts, cutting off discounts has produced a new cycle of backlash. On Monday, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle threatened to k**l any legislation that benefits Delta unless the airline “fully reinstates its relationship with” the NRA.
According to experts, companies need to listen to workers and customers to figure out which choice will best shape their long-term reputation. Most of all, they need to provide a straight-forward and clear explanation to customers to explain their choice.
“You’ve got to explain yourself and you’ve got to do it at the right time,” Paluszek said.
Most companies that have cut ties with the NRA have provided explanations, even if they’re brief. However, FedEx — one of the few companies to continue to offer NRA members discounts — has so far failed to speak publicly about its decision.
It is unlikely that companies that have cut ties with the NRA will see a major sales impact. And, by cutting ties, brands like Delta and Hertz have played a major role in making the ostracization of the NRA a mainstream and dominant stance.
However, the backlash to the backlash shows how boycotts can be pushed to the point of absurdity. One year into the Trump presidency, the expectation of a counter-boycott represents a knee-jerk desire to force companies to support a specific political opinion, instead of looking to points of compromise.”