May 19, 2017

Starbucks kills off famous “mermaid” logo to satisfy Saudis

Caolan RobertsonArchive

Starbucks is just one of the famous brands that put their bullying "progressive" values aside in the quest for Saudi Arabian cash.

The company's expansion into Saudi Arabia has forced them to do a lot of things that would normally prompt feminists to scream "Boycott!" but of course, that hasn't happened...

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commented 2017-05-24 12:59:41 -0400
Right. Then you should have left it at that. Instead, you chose to “drag this out” (your words) with a comment completely unrelated to the topic in order to drag out an issue that existed only in your mind. Again, who’s the troll?

I’m just pointing out facts, which I understand are hard for you to comprehend (this is The Rebel, after all).
commented 2017-05-24 10:46:51 -0400
Matthew go back and read dimwit. I wasn’t disagreeing with your larger points only the 15 yr. thing. You are disagreeable for its own sake.
commented 2017-05-24 08:23:09 -0400
Typical. Unable to build a aound argument, the commenter resorts to name-calling and deflects by pointing out his latest attempt at humour while ignoring all aspects of his opponents points. Who’s the troll?
commented 2017-05-24 00:26:04 -0400
Chill out troll. A little humour would do you some good.
commented 2017-05-23 16:13:06 -0400
No need to ‘settle’ anything. I don’t care what she wears in Indonesia. My comments (mostly) had nothing to do with headscarves but only to do with the actual topic of this so-called “news” about Starbucks in Saudi Arabia. I only mentioned headscarves in response to your ridiculous comment about Melania in order to point out the hypocrisy of your beloved Trump on the issue. Funny how you didn’t comment on either my points about Starbucks, Saudi Arabia, or the hypocrisy. I thought you dealt in ‘reason.’

Feel free keep up with the fashion of the First Lady though, since that’s your thing.
commented 2017-05-22 00:56:28 -0400
Matthew K; Don’t mean to drag this out but we’ll settle this when Melania goes to Indonesia. Michelle wore a headscarf there. Although she did look like she was squeezing a tough one.
commented 2017-05-21 00:29:34 -0400
As for STARBUCKS…..“fair trade” coffee lattes taste like shit….if they no longer carry King Leoplod brand Belgian Congo Jus Prima Nocta Dark Roast with that rich from colonial exploitation flavour then I would rather not sit there in the breezy riot smashed window street view seat among the broken glass with that bunch that look like a casting call for a Mad Max movie listening to their insane political conversations…..I know….Project Veritas would love to have mystery shoppers do periscope documentaries of their shinanigans….sigh…..
commented 2017-05-21 00:17:37 -0400
OLLY OLLY OXEN FREE!!!!!
commented 2017-05-20 14:19:05 -0400
That last nightmarish clip of the video, with the stupid cows screeching hypocrisy, had an odd effect on me…watching it felt like an horrific hallucination, but I know it’s real…so now there’s a disturbing quality of conflict in my consciousness.
Gee, I feel like I’ve just been zapped with cognitive dissonance or something…
commented 2017-05-20 12:48:51 -0400
TM, I assume you mean because Melania didn’t wear a headscarf? Neither did Michelle Obama. Trump sure berated her for that: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/560839957426999297

I’m not saying you can’t comment. But you’re commenting about a corporate decision to accommodate to their target market; something that every corporation does. McDonald’s sells McLobsters only on the East Coast (they’re OK). KFC sells rice with it’s chicken in China. It’s nothing to get upset about.

Sure, you can get upset about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, it’s treatment of women, it’s use of arms against civilians, but to get upset because Western feminists aren’t boycotting Starbucks because of a business decision in the Middle East is a little ridiculous, don’t you think?

Tammie, I appreciate your response. The Starbuck’s cup controversy may offend you, but rest assured they don’t miss you.
commented 2017-05-20 10:48:46 -0400
I didn’t know about Starbucks Sharia logo fifteen years ago, I would have complained then too….
When Corporate decided the Christmas cup was offensive, I objected, then made a conscious decision to never spend any money at Starbucks period! When I visit Chapters/Indigo, I don’t care how good the coffee smells, I keep away from Starbucks on principle.

I already have a huge problem with selling arms to Saudia Arabia, we know where they end up….very troubling and unethical. Now, the Saudi’s are making their own firearms, just as troubling if you ask me.
commented 2017-05-20 09:00:05 -0400
MK; Once again it’s 15 yrs. is not the point, as you said I just found out about it. So I can’t comment? You’ll go to your grave complaining about Bush. Btw, Melania doesn’t capitulate like your brave feminists.
commented 2017-05-20 08:00:45 -0400
Terry, my point is: why didn’t you raise the anti-feminist alarm bells 15 years ago when the logo first changed? My guess is you 1) had no idea and 2) didn’t care so much. Now some kid tells you something like it’s brand new news and it’s an issue? If it wasn’t an issue then, why make it one now? Right. It’s The Rebel looking for something new to complain about, knowing you all love to blindly follow suit. Guess what. It worked!

That’s some pretty good reasoning there.

If you really want to complain about something, it could be the fact that our government sells weapons to Saudi Arabia who, in turn, have proven to use foreign-bought weapons on civilians. I know that’s too complicated an issue to discuss here as it doesn’t involve muslim refugees, feminists, Harper love, or sexual rights. So I’ll leave you with that.
commented 2017-05-20 04:04:07 -0400
But I like that mermaid logo. And yes, I go to Star bucks.
commented 2017-05-20 01:11:59 -0400
Matthew K; Capitulation 15 yrs ago or 15 mins ago is still capitulation. I know reason is hard for you so don’t sweat it.
commented 2017-05-20 01:05:55 -0400
Kelly Weber ; Try standing in ladies only line and see who doesn’t get served. Idiot.
commented 2017-05-19 23:27:44 -0400
I know research is hard for you all, so I’ll tell you something The Rebel won’t: Starbucks changed their logo in Saudi Arabia at least 15 years ago. That’s longer than the kid in this video’s been alive. Funny how it’s SO important to you now. You didn’t care back then?
commented 2017-05-19 21:34:38 -0400
Several years ago, a stranger came to town and opened a coffee shop. He roasted his own beans and made a pretty decent cup of coffee. His business failed after 6 months, customers were sick of what he was serving with his coffee. A few weeks after his grand opening, he decided to hang pictures of his favourite socialists….that wasn’t enough, he added political commentary Jack Carter style! I witnessed one older gentleman insulted by William (coffee shop owner) when he didn’t want to argue at 7:30 am about some manufactured social injustice. This older gentleman said," enough already…keep your GD coffee and people are sick of you!" He left and so did I. I heard his business dropped off suddenly and the few customers who did show up listened to him constantly complain about how he was losing money and didn’t everyone realize he served the best coffee! He blamed his business failure on customers, it was all outside forces that were to blame, this attitude annoys me.
commented 2017-05-19 21:32:42 -0400
Is SixBucks going to hire “refugees” to work in their Saudi stores?
commented 2017-05-19 21:11:52 -0400
Wow..Try McDonald’s coffee.
commented 2017-05-19 20:56:05 -0400
Surprise, Surprise! The world is full of idiots! (I already knew that)
commented 2017-05-19 20:49:24 -0400
“The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil”. Selling their souls for a buck.
commented 2017-05-19 20:20:58 -0400
DREW WAKARIUK commented 19 mins ago
Andrew Eden Balfour does that go for private bakeries as well?

Actually Drew, they’re are not refusing to serve anyone unlike your baker who thinks he’ll fry in hell for baking a cake.
commented 2017-05-19 19:57:53 -0400
Andrew Eden Balfour does that go for private bakeries as well?
commented 2017-05-19 19:23:47 -0400
Their new Sharia logo is possibly prophetic, looks to me like the mermaid is drowning. Don’t expect a consumer like me and other like-minded people to bail you out Starbucks!
commented 2017-05-19 19:15:33 -0400
Andrew Eden-Balfour, call it business if you like…I prefer to call it as I see it. Saudi Arabia is the first country, it’s not over.
commented 2017-05-19 19:07:33 -0400
It’s called business, dummies. Not to mention that this is only happening in one fricking country.
commented 2017-05-19 19:06:32 -0400
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT , Well said.
commented 2017-05-19 18:30:43 -0400
Starbucks will sacrifice ethics; human life; equality; consistent messaging…. for corporate greed. Now it’s Saudi Arabia driving their decisions!
I stopped going to Starbucks when corporate decided the Christmas cup was offensive….this upset me and I decided I would never drop another dime in this establishment.
commented 2017-05-19 17:34:15 -0400
I was going to write a long, involved, semi-coherent, ranting response here.
But then first I read Drew’s comment.
Sums it up nicely and succinctly. Thanks Drew, saved me some time.