Walmart takes heat as it removes ‘Impeach’ Trump shirts

first_img\R New York, Jul 4 (AFP) Walmart removed shirts and other gear from its online marketplace bearing the phrase “Impeach 45″ after supporters of US President Donald Trump lambasted the retail giant on social media.Walmart nixed the items yesterday after images of jerseys and baby gear with the anti-Trump slogan went viral on social media. At midday, the phrase #BoycottWalmart was trending on Twitter.”These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”The controversy highlights a challenge of doing business in a country increasingly polarized by politics, where supporters and critics of Trump have become more vocal in pressuring companies with boycott threats when they appear to be taking sides.Other brands that have aroused howls on social media include athletic clothing and equipment brand Under Armour after its chief executive praised Trump, and sporting goods chain Dick’s Sporting Goods that restricted some gun sales.Some commentators on Twitter criticized Walmart for removing the anti-Trump items while continuing to offer a wide variety of “Make America Great Again” gear from Trump’s campaign.Neil Saunders, managing director of consulting firm GlobalData Retail said Walmart’s decision to remove the anti-Trump merchandise made sense given the company’s profile. Most e-commerce consumers do not make a distinction between items sold directly and those offered by third-party vendors.”A lot of the stores are in locations that are probably fairly Republican,” Saunders said. “They do need to take action because it could alienate a large portion of their customer base.”advertisementAnd he said the idea of impeaching the 45th US president went a step further than the MAGA gear, which expressed support for Trump and could be offset by equivalent products on behalf of Democrats.Walmart in 2017 also removed shirts with the phrase “Rope. Tree. Journalist.” implying reporters should be lynched, saying the items came from a third-party vendor and violated company policy. And the store in 2015 announced it would no longer sell items promoting the Confederate Flag.Trump has not shied away from entering the fray, chastising US companies via tweet from transgressions ranging from investing overseas, to moving production to foreign sites, to laying off workers.But so far Walmart has avoided any presidential ire and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said the situation was resolved.”No need to boycott. @Walmart has assured me that the merchandise will be down as soon as possible,” Parscale said on Twitter. “It was not deliberate.Thank you @Walmart for doing the right thing!” But the retail power’s response to the latest controversy highlights a difference in approach with rival online giant Amazon.Amazon currently offers dozens of products with “Impeach 45,” or similar phrases, such a “86 45” or “Resist 45.” Amazon’s site also offers a wide assortment of “Make America Great Again” and other pro-Trump gear.Saunders said the difference in approach underscored the gap between shoppers of the two companies, with Amazon consumers tilted somewhat more heavily towards cities and other progressive areas.However, the Walmart-owned website Jet.com still sells a variety of items under the more lighthearted “Impeach the Peach” logo that features a likeness of the US president on travel kits, guitar picks and other items.Saunders said the clientele at Jet.com is probably closer in spirit to Amazon than Walmart.”Walmart and Jet are very separate brands,” he said.”With Jet.com there’s far less risk because the client base tends to be younger, more urban, probably less concerned about this sort of thing than the typical Walmart customer.” (AFP) IJTIJTlast_img read more

Hills welcome Mamata with arms wide open

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived to a warm welcome at Darjeeling Hills on Monday night. Despite the late hours, people lined up along the way to welcome her.Welcome gates were constructed along the route from Siliguri to Darjeeling. At around 8:45 pm the Chief Minister’s cavalcade rolled into Darjeeling. Braving the drizzle, a large crowd awaited her in front of the Governor’s House near Darjeeling Chowrasta.The convoy stopped on the way as the Chief Minister exchanged greetings from inside the vehicle. Members of the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre staged a traditional welcome dance on the road and handed Khadas (traditional scarves) to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe convoy then headed straight for the Richmond Government Guest House, where the Chief Minister will be staying. On Tuesday, the Chief Minister will hold an administrative review meeting with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) top brass in Richmond at 3pm.”We will discuss the projects undertaken by the GTA and will also draw up future projects. Stress will be on road connectivity and bridges, drinking water, health, education, beautification of urban sectors, finance, tourism and follow up of private investments that have started coming in following the Hill Business Summit organised by the state government and GTA in Darjeeling in March this year. The Chief Minister had attended the summit,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA.On September 5, the Chief Minister will attend a government programme at Darjeeling Chowrasta at 3 pm. She will lay the foundation stone for the “Darjeeling University” that will be coming up at Mungpoo at the programme.last_img read more

Remember Draw Something Its Founder Is Now Writing Something A Screenplay

first_imgJanuary 13, 2014 The creator of Draw Something is longing to write something.Charles Forman, 33, who founded the video game company OMGPop and struck gold with its Pictionary-like Draw Something app in 2012, is pursuing a different sort of dream these days: screenwriting.After Forman sold his company to Zynga (of FarmVille fame) last March for a reported $180 million, he found himself asking the very question that any triumphant entrepreneur might ponder after effectively cashing in: What’s next?In an email to Valleywag, Forman explained that he’s completed a film treatment about the unintended consequences of civilian drones. Stranger, though, is that he has offered to send the script to just about anybody on the Internet and given out his phone number so people can share their thoughts. “If you are at all interested,” Forman writes in his blog, “email me at: [email protected], and I’ll send it to you. You can even call me with your feedback: 917-696-5465.””Good feedback reinforces that my idea is great, and that I made the right choice to make this seminal movie,” he explained.That’s not to say that the writing process didn’t come without its own laundry list of setbacks. In the blog post, Forman details the varied and extravagant diversions that his writers’ block triggered, including: cleaning his entire apartment, planning a month-long trip to Bangkok (where he didn’t write a single word), having all of his wisdom teeth removed and contemplating the inadequacies of screenwriting software.”If I suck at screenwriting,” he concluded, “at least I can fall back on writing a book about screenwriting.”Related: Why Zynga Burst OMGPOP’s Balloon 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more