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Libs Boycott Whole Foods Over Editorial

From an outraged (at Mr. Mackey) ABC News:

Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store

Branding Experts Say CEOs Should Stay Quiet When It Comes to Politics

By EMILY FRIEDMAN

Aug. 14, 2009 — Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he’ll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs.

"I will never shop there again," vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published.

Like many of his fellow health food fanatics, Joshua said he will no longer patronize the store after learning about Whole Foods Market Inc.’s CEO John Mackey’s views on health care reform, which were made public this week in an op-ed piece he wrote for The Wall Street Journal.

Michael Lent, another Whole Foods enthusiast in Long Beach, Calif., told ABCNews.com that he, too, will turn to other organic groceries for his weekly shopping list.

"I’m boycotting [Whole Foods] because all Americans need health care," said Lent, 33, who used to visit his local Whole Foods "several times a week."

"While Mackey is worried about health care and stimulus spending, he doesn’t seem too worried about expensive wars and tax breaks for the wealthy and big businesses such as his own that contribute to the deficit," said Lent.

In his op-ed, "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare," published Tuesday, Mackey criticized President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

Mackey provided eight "reforms" he argued the U.S. can do to improve health care without increasing the deficit. He suggested that tax forms be revised to "make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance."

Mackey also called for a move toward "less government control and more individual empowerment" instead of "a massive new health care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits." …

The op-ed piece, which begins with a Margaret Thatcher quote, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money," has left some Whole Foods loyalists enraged. Many say Mackey was out of line to opine against the liberal base that has made his fortune possible.

Christine Taylor, a 34-year-old New Jersey shopper, vowed never to step foot in another Whole Foods again.

"I will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods," Taylor told ABCNews.com. "I think a CEO should take care that if he speaks about politics, that his beliefs reflect at least the majority of his clients."

Countless Whole Foods shoppers have taken their gripes with Mackey’s op-ed to the Internet, where people on the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook are calling for a boycott of the store.

A commenter on the Whole Foods forum, identified only by his handle, "PracticePreach," wrote, "It is an absolute slap in the face to the millions of progressive-minded consumers that have made [Whole Foods] what it is today."

"You should know who butters your hearth-baked bread, John," wrote the commenter. "Last time I checked it wasn’t the insurance industry conservatives who made you a millionaire a hundred times over."

Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza who was outspoken in the pro-life movement, ostracized many of his consumers who weren’t sure how much of the money he earned making pizza was then going to support the pro-life movement.

Lynn Upshaw, a brand marketing consultant at Upshaw Brand Consulting in Kentfield, Calif., said that more often it is the actions of an entire company, and not just of a CEO, that lead to boycotting by consumers.

For example, Upshaw remembers when, in the late 1970s, Nestle angered consumers with a baby formula product it claimed to be a healthy alternative to breast-feeding.

"It’s relatively unusual for a CEO to be as outspoken as Mackey has been," said Upshaw. "Because any time you weigh in to something political, you’re bound to have loyal customers who will question [your] point of view, and that can have a very negative effect."

Upshaw added that Mackey’s op-ed may have done more harm than might be typical because of the unique makeup of his clientele.

"You have more activist consumers going to Whole Foods than other stores," said Upshaw. "They’re not just simply expressing an opinion, they do something about it.

"These are people who have already gone out of the way to find a place that is more expensive to buy certain types of food," he said. "So in theory, they might be more willing to take the action to go somewhere else if they don’t agree with Mackey."

Of course the rich and famous should not be allowed to speak out.

At least, if they are going to say something that offends the liberal establishment.

We posted Mr. Mackey’s editorial earlier here.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

50 Responses to “Libs Boycott Whole Foods Over Editorial”

  1. If it wasn’t such a drive for me to shop at Whole Foods, this is enough to get me in there. I might start having to make side trips on grocery days … Bravo Mr. Mackey!

    • Paulajay

      My husband went to Whole Foods for the first time this morning. A warning for those who have never been there — when the checkout clerk asks you what kind of bags you want, don’t say PLASTIC!!! It’s not one of the choices… paper or reusable…..

  2. JohnMG

    I have to admit, it wouldn’t bother me much at all if these folks got so incensed that they quit eating all together. They’re breathing air that somebody normal could be using.

    And a boycott is fine, too. After all, I haven’t so much as tasted any of “Newman’s Own” products as a result of his whack-o political views, nor do I listen to the Dixie Chicks or other assorted nutcases, so why shouldn’t they exercise their option. My guess is that they’re outnumbered, but hey, it’s good theatre.

  3. Hm. So we have a company who cares about its employees so much that it spends a great deal of time, effort and money in order to keep them happy and healthy. Which upsets a certain group of elitest snobs, who propose a boycot. Which would put the employees out of work.

    So which group is the most friendly to the employees, Management or Liberals?

    • Helena

      You speak too logically for most libs to follow.

    • neocon mom

      Whole Foods is consistently named one of the top 100 companies to work for, which makes it awfully hard for the union thugs to organize it.

      I actually posted the piece by Mr. Mackey on my facebook wall, and an Obama voter friend read it and said he found it to be mostly reasonable. On the whole, I think it’s awfully difficult to argue with success.

    • Colonel1961

      Brilliant. Same argument applies to unions. They don’t want to help the ‘little people’, merely control them. Just like health care – it’s about power, not the people…

  4. curvyred

    Typical whiny liberals. Always want to silence anyone who does not agree with them. I will support whole foods even more now.

    Wah Wah Wah.

  5. U NO HOO

    “”I think a CEO should take care that if he speaks about politics, that his beliefs reflect at least the majority of his clients.””

    Hmmmm…that would mean that CEO Obama would talk against his health medical care insurance bill because that would “reflect at least the majority of his clients.” His clients are the citizens, and/or taxpayers, and/or voters of the USA. Seen the polls lately?

  6. electionhangovervictim

    Good! Fine! Boycott all you want, you whiny SOBs…my guess is that the number of customers he’s gained after his piece is much larger than those that are going to stop patronizing his stores.

  7. BigOil

    Great news. Now I can shop in a liberal-free zone.

  8. Talk radio is a HIGHLY Successful enterprise.. It seems Our Whole foods guru should have nothing to worry about.

    I use some natural foods, and visit the local co-op here when necessary to restock. I would go more often if I didn’t have to see all those stupid bumper stickers in the parking lot. ..you KNOW what I am talking about.

  9. Reality Bytes

    And to think Liberals preach tolerance. How about a list of liberal run company’s that conservatives should boycott. Let’s see:

    ADP – Senator Frank Lautenberg
    Ravenswood Winery – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    Progressive Insurance – George Soros
    Hustler Magazine – Larry Flynt (just in case there actually are any filthy minded conservatives, but I doubt it).

    Feel free to add your own.

    • Cowboy1957

      Hey, I have been a customer of Progressive Insurance without knowing I have been feeding the mouth that bites my hand. Not anymore. I will become a regular shopper of Whole Foods.

    • Reality Bytes

      What a coincidence, I’m a 1957 too. Great Chevy’s Great Year Good Gosh! It’s RB.

    • VMAN

      How about Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

    • pdsand

      Microsoft, Starbucks, Anything run by Warren Buffett…

    • pdsand

      Hollywood, the MSM, GM, Chrysler

    • Liberals Demise

      Didn’t Al Gore invent the internet?
      AIG
      Bank Of America
      Apple Computers
      NEA
      Broadway

    • JohnMG

      …..”Didn’t Al Gore invent the internet?
      AIG
      Bank Of America
      Apple Computers
      NEA
      Broadway…..”

      Al Gore invented Al Gore. You might say he’s a self-made man, possibly from doing what one of his high school classmates told him to do. ;-}

    • Colonel1961

      RB:

      Believe the Pelosi’s are out of the wine business. Sadly, they still have part of Auberge du Soleil – my favorite hotel in the wine country – until now.

      Need to add:

      Costco. Very left.
      Consumer Reports. Ditto.

  10. pdsand

    “It’s relatively unusual for a CEO to be as outspoken as Mackey has been,” said Upshaw. “Because any time you weigh in to something political, you’re bound to have loyal customers who will question [your] point of view, and that can have a very negative effect.”

    Au contraire, it is usual for a CEO to be that outspoken, it’s just unusual and highly forbidden to speak out as a conservative.

    • Yarddog1

      There is ioncongruity in equating liberal dillweeds with having loyalty to anything. They are only loyal as long as one agrees with their looney tune way of thinking. A pox be upon them – if we had Whole Foods here, I’d move my account. I also like the idea of Conservatives boycotting libtard businesses. Two can play at this game, and I believe that there may be more of us than there are of them. What we lack is really good organization.

    • pdsand

      If the idea was to live in America and boycott liberals and not give money to liberal causes, I don’t think you could do it. The most insidious way it’s all going down is the “for every box of oatmeal you buy, we give $1 to…”.
      The ungodly amount of institutional giving to liberals by major corporations is just unfathomable.
      That’s to say nothing of what happens to our tax dollars.
      And what happens in our court rooms.

  11. Consilience

    Good on Mackey, we need more American leaders to stand up and voice opposition to our Marxist-socialist thug president. I’ve enjoyed watching the leftists squirm at the sight of REAL Americans exercising their First Amendment Rights—-and their abject fear of these same folks voting next year…their “chickens are coming home to roost!”
    We shop at Whole Foods, unfortunately so do a lot of these foo-foo granola nitwit-leftist-besotted-obamacons—small price to pay for good products!

  12. katmeredith

    I thought Mackey’s editorial was very concise and practical. I know he expressed my views nearly perfectly. If there were a Whole Foods closer, I would start shopping there. I think the net effect of gaining Conservatives and losing Liberals will be a positive.

    • Liberals Demise

      ” ……….. and losing liberals will be a positive.”
      dare I say it?

      (said in a whisper)

      “Liberals Demise?”

  13. pianogirl88

    A lib friend of mine who works for AARP posted on his facebook page this morning that he is going to boycott Whole Foods. I like the attitude of BigOil, and now I shall head to Whole Foods knowing I can shop in a lib-free zone. They will certainly get more of my money over the next few weeks. It’s a bit of a pain to get there because I have to risk my life & car to head to Rockville Pike, but it’s worth it to support the CEO who appears to care more about his employees than being politically correct.

  14. CIV

    All of a sudden, I’ve got a hankering to try Whole Foods. Now that I know all the aging hippies won’t be there, I’ll try it out.

    I still won’t overpay for “organic,” but if they sell normal food at reasonable prices, I’m happy to shop at a conservative’s store.

    There’s a Whole Foods in the next town over. I can stop in whenever I visit the regional library — two for one. Hey! Do I get carbon credits for combining trips?

  15. woodmanthered

    Do any of you know if they have a store in north east N.C. cause I like that mans style. He’s got a new customer if there is one near me.

    • VMAN

      Just do a Google search for “Whole Foods” and it pops up right at the top. Go to the site and put in your zip and there you go.

  16. ExZonie

    “45-year-old blogger” … LOL

    I love Whole Foods. It’s the main place I shop. Their food is outstanding and their staff is great. I am in remission from cancer and real, organic food is very important to me. God bless this company and their work, and their CEO John Mackey.

  17. Steve

    For the record Whole Foods is the official grocery store of Sweetness & Light.

    (In fact, their flagship store.)

  18. catie

    Just adding to the rhetoric, I think I will start shopping at Whole Foods too. I will bring my Bill O’Reilly shopping bags too.

  19. BigOil

    I’d put GE at the top of the boycott list. They have positioned themselves to profit from every destructive policy Obama is attempting to ram through.

  20. If would be great if Whole Foods held a nation-wide sale right now. I’d like to see how many of those libs could stay away.

  21. Never went to a Whole Foods, but I might tomorrow morning.

  22. matrix12x

    I will definitely be boycotting all of the above mentioned lib owned companies.

  23. pdsand

    One note of caution:
    To anyone who is thinking about going to a Whole Foods store but has never been before, for whatever reason, people have a certain impression of Whole Foods as a “come as you are” type of place. That means you are highly likely to see people in some workout attire that’s showing stuff off that you probably didn’t want to know about.

  24. morninggloryseed

    Ehhh, still too expensive for me. We go once maybe once a month to pick up some specialty items, and never seem to get more than one or two bags for the $50-$70 we commonly spend. Still, it is interesting as I made the assumption that the CEO was of similar stock to the communist, dread-locked, rubber chicken, ‘Obama 2008′ bumper sticker carrying folks that usually shop there….huge surprise to read his editorial but yeah, expensive store. We like the Farmer’s Market better for our organic needs.

  25. morninggloryseed

    < mgs's fiance, [i]"open minds"[/i] often have closed ears… It indeed disappoints me that one of the meanings of "Liberal" found in Websters is quite disgustingly skewed.

    favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. [b]with respect to matters of personal belief or expression[/b]: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

    of or pertaining to representational forms of government [u]rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    free from prejudice or bigotry;[/u] tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

    open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

    characterized by [i][u]generosity and willingness to give in large[/u][/i]
    ^particularly this statement, true gluttony IMHO. Spoiled little shits. :)

  26. morninggloryseed

    < mgs's fiance, [i]"open minds"[/i] often have closed ears… It indeed disappoints me that one of the meanings of "Liberal" found in Websters is quite disgustingly skewed.

    favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. [b]with respect to matters of personal belief or expression[/b]: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

    of or pertaining to representational forms of government [u]rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    free from prejudice or bigotry;[/u] tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

    open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

    characterized by [i][u]generosity and willingness to give in large[/u][/i]
    ^particularly this statement, true gluttony IMHO. Spoiled little shits. :)

  27. morninggloryseed

    < mgs's fiance, [i]"open minds"[/i] often have closed ears… It indeed disappoints me that one of the meanings of "Liberal" found in Websters is quite disgustingly skewed.

    favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. [b]with respect to matters of personal belief or expression[/b]: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

    of or pertaining to representational forms of government [u]rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    free from prejudice or bigotry;[/u] tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

    open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

    characterized by [i][u]generosity and willingness to give in large[/u][/i]
    ^Particularly this statement, true gluttony IMHO. Spoiled little brats. :)

  28. morninggloryseed

    < mgs's fiance, [i]"open minds"[/i] often have closed ears… It indeed disappoints me that one of the meanings of "Liberal" found in Websters is quite disgustingly skewed.

    favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. [b]with respect to matters of personal belief or expression[/b]: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

    of or pertaining to representational forms of government [u]rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    free from prejudice or bigotry;[/u] tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

    open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

    characterized by [i][u]generosity and willingness to give in large[/u][/i]
    ^particularly this statement, true gluttony IMHO. Spoiled little brats. :)

  29. MissTammy

    Mr. Mackey, you just got yourself a customer for life. I like the way you think.

    I asked an Obamacare supporter at the Alhambra CA Town Hall if she’d donate $500 a year to a fund for uninsured citizens, and she said, I kid you not, “Why would I want to do that?”

  30. canary

    Whole Foods thrives after thefts greatly reduce, after Liberals boycott their stores.
    Liberals are outraged that Whole Foods supplies health care to their employers.
    Liberals willing to risk poorer health, since they know the government will fix them and make them all better.

    Serious video. Liberals cheer as Illinoise democrat says private health insurance needed to be frightened, they are no more. Govt health care is superior. No more private health insurance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RY4nawrLHk

    I think the scariest town hall speech was Obama’s in Arnold Missourie, that paying social security to the elderly will mean, parks closing, wounded soldiers dying. Abortions will lower those paying Social Security and only solution is to kill the old people off. And it’s Obama’s smirking arrogance about it. He lowers those lids over his shifty eyes, purses his lips in this smirky grin. Obama did not go back to Indonesia after Mother got her doctorite, cause Grandparents spoiled him, and he enjoyed trying to drive his grandfather crazy. He refused to say he had a whities in his family. He even hated black school mates that didn’t strut and use the “n” word like the other blacks did. Called them Uncle Toms, because they just were themselves. He wrote he finally gave up his youthful swagger, using the hip, when he realized it might be keeping him from being elected.

  31. canary

    Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) submits Patients Choice Act S1099
    Says Obama’s health care will hurt rural areas, which by the way in his Dreams book, he is extremely bitter of people that live in suburbans. Also, some interesting factors on Canada’s Health Care. I saw where Obama meeting with Canadian Pres, Obama saying that some thought Canada health bad, America had the afraid of the boogey man mentality towards health care reform. The Canandian President even admitted to Obama that they service is slow and backlogged. Obama didn’t catch it. I think Canada wants to warn us.
    The Patients Choice Act S1099 puts the health care “in the states” decisions.
    Ever since Obama was elected it’s as if he does not acknowledge that there are state rights. Just like Carter, high taxes and one world order. Both hate the Jews, and both hate the U.S. soldiers. State Power. Dang, Obama’s entire families moved and traveled the states and world so much. People deserve to live where they feel rooted and at home. State Power. I want to know I can move to a different state if it means getting out of state I don’t like. State power is important. Obama and all his community this and community that. Well State Power.

    http://inhofe.senate.gov/publi.....b1f7ce9796

  32. wardmama4

    Well this confirms it – I will add Whole Foods back into my mix.

    I sent a note to Krogers – along with my little ‘trace my purchases’ card – that I was offended beyond reason that the Union (UFCWIU) had posted signs – bought and owned by the Union Shop. I went to the UFCWIU website (and now it’s healthcare) but then it was Amnesty -front and center – that did it. The response was ‘We will let your concerns be known at the Board Meeting and we are sorry you won’t be shopping with us anymore.’ Nada about a Union supporting Amnesty – the arrogance and hypocrisy is beyond me.

    I boycott Nestle – it was hard in the beginning (’79) as well three of my fav products are Nestle corp products – the chocolate, my contact lens solution and a certain Italian line. But after a while – it has become easier, until now – it is second nature. I did it – not for a simple political ideology of one person but because Nestle violates in the most egregious backhanded ways the local & UN & WHO codes/laws concerning the pushing of formula upon women. Sell it, advertise it – that is legal and ok by me – but to go into hospitals dressed in white and push it onto women in the form of an ‘authority’ figure – that is over the line. And so I boycott.

    I am the same way now with GE and kind of po’d that Sam’s Club only seems to carry GE appliances and now only GE eco lighting. What a shame. I do believe that GE is indeed signed onto the C(r)ap & Trade(off) scam simply to rake in the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$. At our Freedom, Individuality and RIGHTS expense. Talk about a monopoly in the making.

    I don’t do our local Farmers Market (which is a bummer as it is one of the oldest in the country) as they have gone eco wild too. Makes me want to gag. Stopped two mag subscriptions due to that too – I am not the latest fad type of person. Besides I’ve been recycling, cooking my own natural food (and now attempting to grow it) and so on – before it was cool – Where is my bennies for that – will it ever be acknowledged or count? Will hit Whole Foods this week and up their vile, evil profit margin a bit.


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