Well Well. It’s a new day and a new controversy I might add. As you may or may not recall I had the amazing opportunity to go meet with a company I have used and loved all my life for the Nestle Family Gathering. When myself along with other bloggers from all over the web went to Nestle to say we got flack for it would be an understatement. We were informed of reasons we should not work in any way with Nestle.
I came across this post by my friend Amy which was followed up by an Accountability Post from one of the major boycotters. Imagine my surprise to find out this blogger is not only attending a conference sponsored by a company she is very adamantly against but she is in fact speaking at it. I seem to think that is a bit hypocritical after all the flack we were given, now it’s okay for one of the major players who called Nestle out to speak at a conference they are sponsoring.
Before I continue because this could get long let me try to sum up my thoughts in a vlog:
Okay now, let’s get back to it. She is going to donate money to charity which I think is great but is this blogger doing it to appease her guilty conscience? To attend let alone speak at a conference sponsored by a company you claim to despise their practices seems a bit on the hypocritical side to me. This issue that was so very black and white to this blogger along with the other boycotters is now gray it seems. Changing the rules to fit the situation is what the outside sees.
If I had spoken out against a company as much as some of these people have and boycotted and pushed others to boycott, would I attend or speak at an event they were sponsoring part of? ABSOLUTELY NOT. It’s not worth my integrity and going back on saying I would never support anything they do. By buying a ticket and going to a conference they are sponsoring in some way you are indirectly supporting that company in my opinion, even if you give to charities after. I would either sell my ticket or be out the money if I had already paid for an event and a company I do not support at all were part of it. And for my family with our financial situation that would be like a punch to the gut but I couldn’t go if I felt as strongly as some of these people claimed. Â I guess that’s just me though.
I just can’t wrap my head around they way some of them are “okaying” their decision when in my eyes after everything they did and said, I would think it would be an easy decision. Stand behind what you believe fully or admit you bend the rules to fit your situation. I respect the ones (yes even the ones who attacked me while at Nestle) who have pulled out, those are the ones I see as standing behind the cause 150%. They don’t waver and are true to the cause they are advocating or the movement they stand behind. I tip my hat to them and give those people a standing ovation.
To the ones who are not sure what to do, well it seems like a simple answer to me. Either admit that your black and white issue has a gray area or back out and stand up for the cause you believe in with all your mind, heart and soul. It’s not a hard decision or shouldn’t be in my opinion. If you want to make the way you feel on something have a gray area then do that, just don’t be surprised when some of the credibility you have with me and so many others drops. Ultimately it’s your decision and you have to live with it.
And now I shall get off my soapbox but I want to hear your thoughts. Â When does making a black and white issue gray become okay? What would you do in this situation? If you had spoken out as strong as some of these people did would you attend an event the company you spoke out against sponsored? Â Please share any other thoughts as well.
All comments welcome on this post but any comments that are attacking another person will be deleted, no hurtful personal attacks will be tolerated. Â Debate away but be mature about it.