- Hobby Lobby is once again in hot water in response to a viral tweet that allegedly featured a display of decorative letters at a company location that read, “USA Votes Trump.”
- The boycott is one of many attempts made against the company over the past decade, with controversial stances ranging from reproductive rights to coronovirus protection policies.
- “I am not a fan of Hobby Lobby. I will never shop there,” Kari Brecke, author of the viral tweet, told Business Insider.
- Some Twitter users reported that another customer may have arranged the letter instead of an employee.
- Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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Shoppers are once again calling for a boycott of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts company that is no stranger to controversies.
In response to the now-viral tweet shared by user Kari Brekke, #BoycottHobbyLobby’s growing effort on social media began to gain steam on Sunday. In the tweet – which now has more than 33,000 likes and more than 10,000 retweets – Breke allegedly shared an image of a Hobby Lobby store to display a decorative letter “USA Votes Trump.”
– Kari B (@KariBrekke) September 6, 2020
Brekke told Business Insider that she did not actually take the photo, but instead pulled it on a public post shared in a national Facebook group for the Lincoln Project, an organization started by former Republicans in 2019 Is dedicated to preventing the re-election of President Donald Trump. .
Brekke said he had no additional information about who would have arranged the demonstration, nor at which location the photograph was taken. Some other Twitter users reported that these letters are free for customers to move around – in other words, a customer may have arranged a picture instead of an employee.
-Hank Green: A beautifully silly Endeavor is out! (@Hankgreen) September 7, 2020
Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
“I’m not a fan of Hobby Lobby. I’ll never shop there,” Brekke told Business Insider. “I’m a Democrat. I hate the company.”
The call to boycott the craft store on Twitter was swift, as users shared the image with captions like “I never stepped into the Hobby Lobby and never” with the hashtag #BoycottHobbyLobby.
-Madison McRelland (@madwell) September 6, 2020
-Frank Giugliano (@nyccookies) September 7, 2020
This new boycott is one of the latest in the fighting against the company in the past decade.
In 2012, the company faced extensive scrutiny for denying employees access to contraceptive reproductive health care. A high-profile Supreme Court case later ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s right to withdraw reproductive benefits, stipulating that private companies be exempted from the law based on religious preferences.
Hobby Lobby has also been the subject of a boycott in response to anti-Semitism and homophobic comments made its openly conservative Christian CEO and founder, David Green. In 2013, Green told a shopkeeper that the company did not take products for the Jewish holidays because it “does not cater to your people,” after a statement he publicly apologized in a formal statement to the Anti-Defamation League Asked for.
Green has also been reported as a large-scale donor to the National Christian Foundation, an organization that promotes anti-LGBTQ efforts.
Hobby Lobby attracted additional ire in 2020 when illegally re-storied with living mandates calling for the closure of non-essential businesses to prevent the spread of coronovirus. Green allegedly told employees in March that the decision to keep Hobby Lobby stores open was given by a message God gave to his wife Barbara Green.
By April, Hobby Lobby had officially moved to close all store and furlough employees, with many saying they feared for their lives by being forced to continue working.