[ View the story "LGBT boycott Russian vodka" on Storify] LGBT boycott Russian vodka Anti-gay propaganda laws fuel movement to dump Stolichnaya Vodka
The Stream· Tue, Jul 30 2013 11:51:13
there is something we can do right here, right now, in Seattle and other US cities to show our solidarity with Russian queers and their allies and to help to draw international attention to the persecution of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, and straight allies in Putin's increasingly fascistic Russia: DUMP RUSSIAN VODKA.slog.thestranger.com
He extended his campaign to social media:
"Gay Propaganda" shouldn't be an arrestable offence, no more Stoli until it's not
#DumpRussianVodka #DumpStoli #LGBTNicole Mills
Great way to speak out with your money. #dumpstoli #dumprussianvodkaShawn Carter
Supporters and dissenters debated the motivations and potential efficacy of the boycott.
The boycott is not meant to put Russian vodka companies under pressure or out of business. Very few boycotts of this nature are intended as such. This is more about making a statement and raising awareness of the issues faced by the LGBT community in Russia.mbhd
Obviously the proper response to Russian discrimination of certain people is to discriminate Russians and their businesses. zzzz420
commented on Savage's post:
Russian businesses are better able to exert pressure on the Russian government than American citizens. And if American citizens want Russian businesses to listen to us, we must speak with our dollars.slog.thestranger.com
In an interview with
Gay Star News
, Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev said he didn't see the point of the boycott.
The producers, even if they become bankrupt because of the boycott (which is unlikely) will not be able to influence Russian politics and President Putin as well as the decisions of the State Duma.gaystarnews.com
Instead he suggested:
‘Pressure your governments to put the authors of those laws on the black lists for the entrance visas. They will suffer and others will think twice. Nothing else will work!’gaystarnews.com
And Stolichnaya Vodka, the focus of the boycott, responded in an
as a company that encourages transparency and fairness, we are upset and angry. Stolichnaya Vodka has always been, and continues to be, a fervent supporter and friend to the LGBT community.queerty.com
The company proceeded to list multiple partnerships it has with LGBT organisations.
As Stoli is gradually taken down from the shelves, others see opportunity. Reddit commenter weezer3989 elaborates why the boycott may be a good business ploy for bars.
It's a good business move. There's plenty of non-Russian branded vodka for them to buy so it doesn't hurt the bar, and it gives them something to draw people in/advertise with.weezer3989
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What do you think? Is boycotting vodka an effective move to support LGBT rights in Russia?