Drink or Boycott? Starbucks War Erupts on Twitter Over US Immigration Policy
A bizarre debate on whether or not to boycott Starbucks coffee is bubbling over on Twitter, splitting java drinkers between pro- and anti-Trump travel ban camps.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s announcement that the coffee giant would hire 10,000 refugees came in a statement in which he mentioned his “deep concern” at US President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting entry from seven predominantly-Muslim nations.
“I also want to take this opportunity to announce specific actions we are taking to reinforce our belief in our partners around the world and to ensure you are clear that we will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration’s actions grows with each passing day,” Schultz wrote.
The mention of “doubling down” on helping refugees “fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination” prompted outrage online.
Using the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks, scores of Twitter users vented their concern about apparently preferential employment for refugees.