A consumer organization has launched a boycott of the Bed, Bath & Beyond store chain over its decision to drop MyPillow products because of the politics of owner Mike Lindell.
The Media Action Network said that as a result of its boycott dozens of shoppers on Tuesday simply walked away from their shopping carts at the checkout counter at the corporation’s outlet in Larkspur, California.
Lindell, famous for his MyPillow TV ads, employs more than 1,500 people at his Minnesota plant.
But his support for Trump has led to a permanent ban by Twitter. And along with Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair and Kohl’s have stopped selling his products.
“This isn’t about pillows. It’s about the continual punishment of conservative speech,” Media Action Network founder Ken LaCorte said in his organization’s announcement.
“And we’ve had enough.”
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office. (Official White House photo)
“Every time we turn around, another conservative has been silenced under false pretenses of ‘hate’ or ‘isms’ or the most recent offense-de-jour. We’re fighting back.”
The protesters left a $20 tip to checkers who rang up the abandoned carts.
And they left a statement for CEO Mark Tritton.
“Stop promoting ‘cancel,” they wrote. “You buckled to pressure, removing MyPillow products … because of Mike Lindell’s politics. It’s un-American.
“Our country was founded on the principle of free speech and open debate. These days, censorship and suppression are far too common, and you’re now part of the problem. You have that right, of course, but realize you’re antagonizing half of your customers. And Mark … we’ve had enough. We’re tired of corporate big-shots looking down on our beliefs. Reverse this decision now and get out of politics, or we’re done with you forever.”
Dawn Rosenmayr, a real estate investor from San Francisco, joined the boycott.
“If you cancel one American, you cancel all Americans,” she told reporters. “That’s wrong. Mike Lindell was ‘cancelled’ because of his support for President Trump by Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair and Kohl’s. When did we lose our free speech rights?”