A statement from [Brand]® pic.twitter.com/XT9tXF9hvz— Chris Franklin (@Campster) May 31, 2020
A lot of brands nowadays try to appear on the right side of history and will put out statements of solidarity in support of fighting back against certain social/environmental injustices. It's a decent but bare minimum gesture largely criticized as performative since follow-through remains to be seen via lobbying for actual social change among other courses of action (like some brands just throwing up a black square on IG but no word on opening their vast wallets).
This post is for brands whose statements have left you stunned because of the sheer audacity given that corporation/brand's history. It's also not in any particular order.
1.) THE NFL
I know the NFL has to come out with a statement, but after everything with Kaepernick — we knew it would be a tone deaf response no matter what. The condolences sent contradicts the actions taken with Kaep, a person who fought for these lives lost. https://t.co/TYyVK7E5k5— Evan Closky (@EvanClosky) May 30, 2020
After all the garbage they pulled with Colin Kaepernick for peacefully protesting, blackballing him and then threatening to fine teams who don't stand during the National Anthem, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pushed this statement out his cheeks. No mention or acknowledgment of Kaepernick.
Submentions for Jed York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers aka Kaepernick's team, and the Washington team, whose name continues to be a Native American slur despite constant protests to change it.
I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long https://t.co/VN5XCiYp5g— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) June 2, 2020
They've been called out by many, including former CEO Ellen K Pao, who pointed out their failure to shutdown /r/the_donald, a beyond toxic Donald Trump subreddit. The overall culture of the site remains largely toxic and /r/the_donald remains a quarantined subreddit rather than a banned one.
The home of copaganda dramas will once again be the #1 network in the nation for the 12th year in a row. Also, "fun" note, the LAPD camped out on their Fairfax lot this past weekend during the protests so as to better ambush protestors and then the next day CBS posted a Black Lives Matter statement, probably because of their merger with Viacom.
Special mention of The CW, which CBS partly owns, whose post was largely criticized due to the absolute lack of support they've shown to their own black talent
Former model Munroe Bergdorf blasted the company for their sheer hypocrisy as she was fired for speaking out against racism.
5.) BLIZZARD / ACTIVISION
Blizzard/Activision's statement was met with much mockery as many pointed out how recently they banned e-sport player Blitzchung for supporting the Hong Kong protests and then posted about how they "highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner" on Weibo.
6.) GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Get the entire fuck out of here. I am Chaédria LaBouvier, the first Black curator in your 80 year history & you refused to acknowledge that while also allowing Nancy Spector to host a panel about my work w/o inviting me— No Quarter Will Be Given (@chaedria) June 2, 2020
Erase this shit.
Please RT. https://t.co/LH7YYWcLT5
The Guggenheim Museum posted something for #blackouttuesday and was swiftly called out by a curator who was excluded from a panel about her own work.
Then why do you defend China, a government actively racist against Africans? Why do you censor any TikTok video mentioning China in anything other than a super positive way? You’re shills and this is lip service. 1989 Tiananmen Square. Try talking about it on TikTok.— Gavagan (@RobGavagan) May 30, 2020
They are conveniently blaming a "technical glitch" on why tags relating to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter were banned these past few days. But the app has also come under fire for censorship of criticism of the Chinese government, Pro-LGBT content, posts by users deemed too ugly, poor, or disabled by the moderators, and threats to national honor among other things.
pewdiepie, jontron, oneyng, psychicpebbles, and idubbbz are a few of the thousands of racists that you’ve not only allowed but encouraged to become successful on your platform. your shitty ass website has no room to talk about this. https://t.co/6F9tf0E7k0— ✿ Please Read My Pinned!!! ✿ (@MegaMimeHive) May 30, 2020
Considering the amount of bigots whose monetization is still intact, YouTube's statement wasn't met very well.
Amazon's Ring has partnered with 1,350 police departments and law enforcement agencies as of today.— Caroline Haskins (@carolineha_) May 31, 2020
Amazon has also helped police plan "sting operations" where police leave out Amazon-branded dummy packages and try to catch people stealing them on Ring cameras https://t.co/O1yoKITknV
The same company who regularly treats its workers poorly and owns Ring, the surveillance home security system that has partnered with hundreds of police departments!
1. Stop letting people use racist usernames— ashnichrist (@ashnichrist) June 3, 2020
2. Stop letting people type slurs in their chats
3. Hold your partners to inclusive standards (especially your biggest streamers)
4. Stop giving Trump more of a platform
Many were quick to point out how rich this statement is considering the amount of users who freely sling about slurs on stream and go unpunished
DISHONORABLE MENTION: POKEMON
This one is here for how stunningly empty it is. Did you even try? Couldn't even bother with a hashtag?
ETA: They have now released an actual statement