Why Macy's should keep Donald Trump
Yes, he's a blowhard. But he sells quite a few items for Macy's, and so far, he hasn't crossed the foul line into dealbreaking territory.
The hot-headed billionaire has a line of shirts, ties, suits and even his own fragrance at Macy's. A constant critic of President Obama, he called last week's election "a total sham and a travesty" and a "great and disgusting injustice."
Those comments helped spur some 500,000 people to sign an online petition requesting that Macy's dump Trump. The petition, Bloomberg reports, was started by Angelo Carusone, who mounted a "StopBeck" campaign that he said resulted in anchor Glenn Beck leaving Fox News.
"If I stood inside a Macy’s store and said the things that Trump has said, security would escort me out," Carusone told Bloomberg. Macy's told the news service that its merchandise doesn't reflect any political position.
Carusone, 30, is pushing for more action. He wants petition signers to cut up their Macy's credit cards, according to the Today show. If he continues to get no response from the retailer, who knows what he might have planned for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 22.
A lot of people apparently agree with him. In a survey on the Today show site, 76% of the 34,000 respondents said that Macy's should pull an advertisement featuring Trump.
I disagree. This petition is as dumb as the ones in favor of seceding from the U.S. Look, Trump is a blowhard, a hypocrite and just plain mean, but his name works for Macy's. His brand sells clothes. Check out these reviews of just the ties in his collection.
Macy's undoubtedly has a code of conduct for Trump and other celebrities whose brands it carries. "Don't trash Macy's" is probably at the top of the list. But I imagine it gives those celebrities fairly free rein when it comes to non-Macy's subjects.
Macy's knew exactly what it was getting when it partnered with Trump. It's not as if "The Donald" has only recently begun rattling off incendiary and obnoxious comments. The more Trump says, the higher his profile gets and the more exposure his brand gets.
There's a delicate line that celebrities should not cross if they want to keep endorsements. Michael Phelps lost support from AT&T (T) and others after he was caught smoking marijuana. The "Got Milk?" campaign dumped Chris Brown after he was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Just about everyone jilted Tiger Woods after a long list of shocking revelations emerged. Aflac fired Gilbert Gottfried after he made wildly inappropriate comments on Twitter about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
But so far, Trump is still the same Trump that Macy's hired. Macy's should keep him and people who don't like it should vote with their wallets. If their voices get louder than Trump's, Macy's will take action.
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Every one of our Constitutional rights comes with the resposibility to exercise that right in a resonable and respectful manner. Mr. Trump's explosive comments may be within his free speech right, but they show a gross disregard for the true nature of our co-operative society and it's political process. Mr. Trump made comments that expose his lack of class and manners and perhaps his lack of intellect. He should appologize to the American public for suggesting that only he and his ilk have the right to select our political leaders and that the rest of us should bow to his bidding.
First... Macy's has a problem. Only foreigners shop there and pay full price. Hire some foreigners to work the counters. As long as you are hiring, hire some maids to dust your shelves. Nothing sells in Macy's except clearance items. The old "hide half the old stock in back" trick doesn't work. As for an assrump like Trump... who? Does anyone really acknowledge him as anything other than a kook?
His labels on Chinese goods exemplifies his being... anti-American, financially-driven and a pariah. Donald Trump is dead in the water. He can't do his sociopath stuff now because he needs economy to leach off of. We have none. He is done. His clothing is cheap, hollow and looks good on a dummy.
Mr Carusone is every bit as much a COUNTERFEIT as Barack Obama is.
Here's the facts. Mr. Trump had BALLS enough to put his money where is mouth is, while at the same time providing Barack Obama with a GOLDEN opportunity to seriously help whatever charity he chose with $5,000,000.00. Trouble is Barack Obama didn't have BALLS enough to put up or shut up for his peeps.
Lastly, Barack Obama purports to have one 51% of the vote over 49% of the vote for Romney, but the only trouble with that equation is that the 51% that purportedly voted for Obama are the BROKE TAKERS and the 49% that voted for Romney are the MONEY PRODUCERS who will not be forking over any more coin to Obama and/or his LOSER PEEPS.
To Tripleforce: "Big Business" is 'not the bottom line'......Capitalism is.......without it, you would not have the opportunity to express yourself on the internet, like you did.
That is interesting, Kim (writer of this article).....I did not know that Macy's was even contemplating firing Donald Trump???? Actually to the contrary....I read their statement and basically they said "stick it".
Must be a slow news day for you Tabloid reporters.
Yes there is and there should be free speech. An idiot is an idiot no matter how much they hide behind their money. Donald Trump shows no respect for the President. It really doesn't matter if you voted for the President or not you should not disrespect him in the manner Mr. Trump did.
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