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By Kim Demary
Contributing Writer 

Boycotting manufacturer for a consumer’s beliefs is wrong

 

July 9, 2013



Last week Texas Senator Wendy Davis, held an 11 hour filibuster. She was wearing glasses, a calf length coat, dress, pearls and running shoes. All of which can be seen in the thousands of photos of her online.

Before the filibuster I had heard nothing of Senator Davis’ fashion. However, since then there has been an online shopping firestorm.

I am not sure who designed her coat, dress or jewelry, however her running shoes were branded like all running shoes with a logo on the side. Being a runner, when pictures started showing up on running blogs and Facebook about the same running shoes I wear, I took notice.

Senator Davis wore Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s. This has caused people on both sides of the aisle to either boycott or purchase these shoes.

I personally have not ever purchased or boycotted a product because it was worn by a political figure. I am at a loss as to why anyone would boycott a company based on a consumer’s personal or political belief.

Ms. Davis purchased the shoes; Mizuno did not give them to her. Mizuno is not to be held accountable for what anyone does while wearing something that was purchased. If they had sponsored or given Ms. Davis her shoes, that would be a different topic.

I ask that people look at what they are doing.

I did a quick Google search of “bank robbers in Washington State”. I found that they wore Husky and Alabama State sweatshirts; there was also one with a Richard Nixon mask. Should we boycott the Universities or Richard Nixon because those brands or likeness were used in a crime?

I also Googled “Washington State heroic acts”. I found pictures of a man wearing a Red Sox hat, a man in his bus driver uniform and picture of the Wal-Mart logo.

Should we all run out and purchase Red Sox gear, become a bus driver or go to Wal-Mart because of people who performed heroic acts?

I am a firm believer in personal responsibility, whether you agree with Ms. Davis politically or not, in no way should the shoes (or anything else) she purchased become an outlet for your anger or pride in her.

 

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