‘No’ campaigners on Indigenous Voice call for boycott of Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank and other companies that support a ‘Yes’ vote: ‘Give them the Bud Light treatment’
- Boycott could be incoming for companies supporting Voice referendum
- Political commentator said to ‘give them the Bud Light treatment’
Staunch supporters of the No campaign against the Voice to Parliament have launched a boycott of companies supporting the other side of the debate.
No activists called for fellow supporters to stop using the services of companies who support the Yes campaign such as supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles, and three of the top four banks, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and NAB.
The companies, alongside airliner Qantas, mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP, and conglomerate Wesfarmers have angered ‘No’ supporters.
The call for a boycott seems to be in reaction to Yes campaigners telling consumers to shun Blackmores after the health supplement founder’s son Marcus Blackmore backed the No vote.
Corporate giants such as the Commonwealth Bank are being targeted in a potential boycott after throwing their support behind the Yes vote to create the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Conservative commentator on Australian and American politics and vocal supporter of the No campaign, Kobie Thatcher, took to Twitter to lead the boycott charge.
‘These companies are supporting the ‘Yes’ vote … Should we give them the ‘Bud Light’ treatment?’ she wrote.
The American beer company Ms Thatcher referenced, Bud Light, was recently boycotted by US conservatives in response to a sponsorship with transgender actress and TikTok personality Dylan Mulvaney.
The Twitter post attracted both supporters and detractors of the No campaign and created fierce debate in the comments section.
Those supportive of Ms Thatcher’s call to boycott said they would move to no longer associate with the companies, while others cited the morality of publicly supporting a political campaign.
‘Companies going public in favour of a potentially divisive political cause places undue pressure on employees, suppliers and clients/customers to conform,’ one supporter of Ms Thatcher’s opinion wrote.
‘I currently bank with one of those. I will look to change that by the end of the year,’ a second wrote.
Another user claimed they would join the boycott but couldn’t because their picky cat only eats a specific brand of food from Woolworths.
The call to boycott the companies was launched by conservative political commentator, Kobie Thatcher, asking supporters ‘should we give them the Bud Light treatment?’
Bud Light, an American beer company, was boycotted by conservatives in the US after they announced a sponsorship with transgendered actress Dylan Mulvaney (pictured)
Twitter users who stood in opposition to Ms Thatcher said boycotters would be left with little to no options.
‘Lol please give it a crack,’ one user wrote.
‘By giving them the “Bud Light treatment” do you mean being intelligent, compassionate and sharing a cold one?’ a second wrote.
Another user wrote ‘Is this you continuing the battle against cancel culture?’ referencing a post Ms Thatcher had made on January 5.
‘Let’s continue the battle against cancel culture in 2023,’ Ms Thatcher wrote.
Ms Thatcher then replied by saying ‘It was the Yes voters who started it when they threatened to boycott Blackmores after their founder said he was voting no’.
The attempted boycott of Blackmore’s drew criticism from No campaigners and forced the company to distance itself from Mr Blackmore.
‘His (Mr Blackmore’s) views are completely independent of Blackmores Group,’ a spokesperson for the company said.
A Roy Morgan poll in late May showed that 46 per cent of respondents said they would vote ‘Yes’ while 36 per cent were in the No camp with 18 per cent were in the undecided.
The organisation noted the Yes vote had fallen by seven per cent since December and has dropped in all states, with a referendum needing to get an overall majority and also win the vote in a majority of states to pass.