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ONTD Original: Most Hollow #BlackLivesMatter Posts from Brands



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



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.



2.) REDDIT



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.



3.) CBS



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



4.) L'OREAL

https://instagram.com/p/CA5ThI8ggfO


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



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.



7.) TIKTOK



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.



8.) YOUTUBE



Considering the amount of bigots whose monetization is still intact, YouTube's statement wasn't met very well.



9.) AMAZON



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!



10.) TWITCH



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


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Tags: activism / protest, amazon, art / artist, beauty / makeup, black celebrities, computer / video games, ontd original, pokémon, race / racism, reddit ama, sports / athletes, sports / athletes - football (nfl / cfl), television - cbs, television - cw
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