"Woke brands" and awful corporate Twitter accounts

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  1. Mugatu

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    We need a place to collect and make fun of these things. I know shitting on brand accounts only satisfies these disgusting craven bastards and their thirst for clicks but something about it is so infuriating.

    Sunny Delight now officially has depression:





    Netflix loves the gays:



    Slightly different but also classics of the genre:



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    I feel like that insane Meghan Trainor press release that just came out also fits this topic somehow. How do you do, fellow gays?

     
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  3. Shirley

    Shirley Worra load of old SHIT

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    Honestly I need a job spouting this shit RIGHT NOW

    I GOT IT COVERED
     
  4. ButterTart

    ButterTart Welcome to die

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    What in the risen fuck is this even supposed to say? It's like the dying thoughts of someone being electrocuted, I'm exhausted just trying to interpret it.
     
  5. COB

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    My favourite one of these will always be Tony the Tiger having to ask his followers to keep things clean, then eventually leaving Twitter entirely, because all the replies to every tweet were just people posting porn and begging for his daddy cum.
     
  6. big ron

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    Thing is a couple of brands were doing the whole first person twitter and it was quite funny, but then, like everything else, the internet ruined it
     
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  7. Jætike

    Jætike Gay horses eat hay

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    "Woke" people and memelords ruined it.
     
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  8. Suomi

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    The worst for me was seeing The Co-op draped in rainbow flags around the last London Pride. In 2015 I was hired for a commercial with them after a friend recommended me for the audition (I did it just for the experience and have no acting aspirations) and it was going to feature different couples coming home excited to cook each other a tonight's tea food from the Co-op. One of these couples was going to be a male gay couple and would have been the first of its kind for a major supermarket. Come the night before filming and I get a call to say that some corporate bigwig at The Co-op had seen the storyboard and was uncomfortable with the idea of having a gay couple, forcing the creative team to re-write their ideas and instead have two 'laddish' housemates. And of course with no versatility I was promptly dropped and that was that for the supermarket dipping its toe in LGBT representation, hence my eyebrow being raised seeing them capitalising during subsequent Pride.
     
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  9. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I watched the Pride parade at both Brighton and Bristol last year, and it's so hard not to do MASSIVE EYE ROLLS whenever the NatWest/Tesco/AVIVA/Vodafone etc etc floats go past.

    I mean I like to THINK that some of them have lovely progressive HR policies and the like, but it feels very tokenistic.
     
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  10. Jætike

    Jætike Gay horses eat hay

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    Who are these tokenistic companies? I need names for science
     
  11. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Well I guess it's pretty much ALL the corporate floats. And I'm sure that some of them may have great LGBTQ policies. But even if they do, seeing them at Pride just doesn't sit right for me.
     
  12. octophone

    octophone smack your lips (clap your teeth)

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    I can only speak for one part of one of those mentioned (no guesses or comments here please, y'all the know the drill) and I feel they walk it as they talk it. No company can expect every employee to agree with every element of their equality and diversity policies but the stickler is how you conduct yourself inside and outside. A staff member in my building was dismissed for discriminatory comments made on Twitter and I think the management can be proud of their decision.

    That said, fuck Corporate Pride and fuck Pride TM © plc.
     
  13. Kate

    Kate most die in your bedroom

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    Isn’t that precisely why a lot of people boycott Pride these days and set up non-commercial alternatives.

    (KC & Rita to argue over whether this counts as a boycott)
     
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    A bigwig at Co-op once messaged me on a gay dating app offering COKE shortly after being disgraced in the press, so I guess it's a broad church.
     
  15. COB

    COB Hog Frenzy

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    Not that vicar bloke, surely? :o
     
  16. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    We've taken to booing the groups and companies we don't like, e.g. LGBT Tories and BAE systems. One teenage girl told us off last year and said we needed to 'be positive', so my friend went off on one. He reminded her that Pride was a protest and if she wanted to a party, she should go to Creamfields. :D:disco:
     
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  17. octophone

    octophone smack your lips (clap your teeth)

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    This is where Glasgow Pride got itself into trouble by having the fucking POLICE lead the march in 2017. A lot of people didn't like that but it wasn't until a whole bunch of people didn't get into to see steps the following year that it actually kicked off. Which says everything.
     
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  18. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    Re: The Co-Op. That's one corporate bigwig who is an idiot rather than the brand. I worked for them as a student and they were pretty forward thinking even then and I can't imagine it's (generally) changed, although the example above is a shit one.

    The bank as well has done loads of proactive stuff, including for the LGBT community. They were the first to reject accounts by hate organisations (for want of a better term), weren't they?
     
  19. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I tell you what annoys me. Companies that do all this kind of ethical flag waving but behind the scenes are anything but. We have a major client who have just asked us to sign a new contract. Hidden in it is a load of legalese which basically means "If our client doesn't pay us, we're not paying you" and trying to get payment terms of "we'll pay when we're paid" with no open end. This completely would destroy a small company, thinks nothing of the freelancers my industry relies on and the bills they have to pay at the end and is just corporate bullying by a company with the clout to do so.

    And my point? A few weeks ago, with a massive amount of fanfare, they were named one of the UK's leading "Ethical Employers". It's all bullshit.
     
  20. Peekaboo

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    Corporate pride is the worst. It's easy to be on the right side of history when everyone has done the hard work for you. I'm interested in the companies who were banging the drum when it wasn't fashionable to do so - where was Barclays bank when AIDS victims were dying in the 80s? Propping up all the cunts who were blocking AIDS research! They can die in a fire for all I care.
     
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  21. SDF

    SDF The Wait is Over

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    Not that I'm always on the side of multinational companies, but in terms of pushing the LGBT agenda, I think these companies have a huge responsibility in pushing the envelope in countries where being LGBT isn't as accepted (like India)

    I think we should probably be looking at their records now, not what they didn't do 40 years ago
     
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    SDF The Wait is Over

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    And anyway don't most of these companies bank roll Pride?

    Heaven forbid the gays didn't get to see Nikki French or Stooshe :side-eye:
     
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    dmlaw Democracy doesn't work

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    Are the multinational companies actually promoting gay rights in the more repressive countries where they do business? If BAE Systems start sending Tornados to Saudi Arabia painted in the rainbow flag then they can trumpet their commitment to gay rights.
     
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    Like any big corporation would risk a penny of investment in the name of gay rights!
     
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  25. octophone

    octophone smack your lips (clap your teeth)

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    I agree with this. The general societal attitude and approach has evolved so much in the last 30-40 years that calling a company shit for not having gender-neutral toilets in 1987 is a waste of energy.

    I also agree with Sheena that there's vastly more to ethics than diversity and ignoring that is irresponsible.
     
  26. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Babe, not to go all cuntry on you, but India has really vibrant LGBT communities and the decriminalisation that finally happened last year was entirely due to the indigenous activist movement.

    Where these corporations could really show support is through £££. That's what our movements need.
     
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    No one (at least not me) is running PURITY TESTS to see who was holier than thou in 1987. But DOING THE DECENT THING in 2019 when pretty much everyone else and their grandmother loves the gays is no achievement and the fact that big corporations try to pass it off as a measure of modernity is laughable at best.
     
  29. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    It's way too easy to stick a flag on your store, sell some pride merch, appear in the parade and feel like you've done your job. I'd like to see them taking a much moe substantive stance in Britain; the rest of the world doesn't matter so much
     
  30. SDF

    SDF The Wait is Over

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    The reason I called out India was because of the footprint so many multi nationals have in the country. It's nice to see some companies implementing employment policies that are progressive in the country which in turn put pressure on the government to broaden the agenda and rights for the wider LGBT community

    There's still more that they can do, of course there is, but they aren't (all) doing nothing
     
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  31. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I get what you're saying bitch. :disco:
     
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  32. Mugatu

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    Yaaaaaas, Dow Chemical!

    This is one of the most obnoxious woke corporation articles I've ever seen, the word is so meaningless now. They literally mention pollution and chemical weapons once. You can sell as much napalm as you want but the guy profiting from it is gay, so it doesn't matter.

     

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