You may recall that yesterday, Arby’s announced via Twitter that it would no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Conservatives were not at all happy – and they got very vocal about it.
Well, as it turns out, Arby’s has begun blocking conservatives who have tweeted complaints....Has a company Twitter account ever blocked its customers for complaining before
I'm sure Arby's must have a brilliant business model hidden in the back of the safe, if they feel they can alienate about 50% of the American people and still stay afloat. I mean, it's not as if the American people have a choice of where to go out for a quick bite right? Not every town has a Burger King, McDonalds, Taco Bell, White Castle, Sonic, KFC, Jack in the Box, Hardees, In-N-Out, Carls Jr., Whataburger, Five Guys, Steak n' Shake, Subway, Quiznos, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Boston Market, Krystal...
Well, actually, my small town in Jersey has almost all of those. And the rest are within driving distance. So why would I eat at a restaurant that tells me to sit down and STFU?
You would think that corporate ownership would see a certain trend with businesses or brands that go out of their way to insult conservatives. How did all those anti-Bush, anti-war Hollywood movies go over? What happened to Oprah after endorsing Obama? Why did Rosie O'Donnell, once the "Queen of Nice", fall so far from her perch? Why is the New York Times becoming increasingly less relevant than the Huffington Post (even on the Left)? Why is MSNBC the least-watched news channel in the nation? Why are even the over-hyped Jon Stewart Show and Colbert Report getting beaten the ratings by "Pawn Stars", "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives", "Family Guy", "American Dad", and barely - barely! - eking out a win over "Robot Chicken"? (Stewart does, Colbert doesn't, BTW...)
Nothing in common there, folks. But if I had any stock in Arby's parent company, I'd be dumping it right around now. Just saying...
UPDATE: The final offense: Arby's ownership group is named "Roark Capital" (get it?), and its home page is splashed with artwork inspired by The Fountainhead. Is "Roark" aware of what Arby's is up to? Or is their Randian front an example of what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called "boob-bait for bubbas"?