Starbucks's Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the drink of choice for the yoga pants-wearing, Ugg boot-sporting, autumn-loving "basic" white girls of the world, but according to one feminist group. it's also responsible for perpetuating white supremacy.
UltraViolet, a group that claims to be "a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women," though this might be the first time you've ever heard of it, is leading a campaign to banish the PSL, claiming the drink "funds white supremacy" and "racism in the White House."
It's encouraging its supporters to "take action" against Starbucks.
According to UltraViolet's website, fully 70,000 people have given Starbucks a piece of their mind about their so-called support for "white supremacy."
If the campaign seems a little off, though, that's because it is. Starbucks has a stellar progressive reputation, and has, in the past, often seemed willing to alienate more conservative customers to follow its far-left ideals. The CEO supports open borders and gay marriage, and there's a yearly social media freakout over Starbucks's holiday cups, which occasionally flirt with taking the "holiday" out of the holiday.
The problem here, though, is that Starbucks, like Nike and Tiffany, has a location in Trump Tower, which means Starbucks — at at least one of its locations — pays a pittance in rent to the Trump Organization, which owns the building. "Starbucks and Nike — both companies that seek to profit off of a progressive and inclusive brand — have stores in Trump Tower in New York City. They have likely paid millions of dollars in rent to Trump over time — money that has given him a platform to spew hate for years," UltraViolet claims.
But aside from the fact that Trump has routinely distanced himself from white supremacists, it doesn't even appear that the Trump Tower Starbucks is a corporate store. It's a franchise, which means that the franchise owners — not Starbucks itself — pays cash to Trump Org.
Of course, it's not as though feminists are well known for letting the facts get in the way of their feelings.