On Friday, the Twitterverse put out a call to action: #BoycottTheNRA. The movement was shared by people like Michael Skolnick, a civil right activist with 250K followers; Joe Walsh, a former congressman with 133K followers; actress Alyssa Milano, with 3.43 million followers; and millions of users, all calling for companies to sever ties with the NRA.
17 businesses (so far) have broken ties with the organization. They include Enterprise, Norton, MetLife, First National Bank, Hertz, Alamo, Allied, Chubb, Avis, National, northAmerican Moving Services, Budget, SimpliSafe, Wild Apricot, LifeLock, and Teladoc.
One of the more prominent companies to drop with the association, Metlife, wrote in a statement, “we value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA.” Likewise, Symantec stated that “stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.”
The insurer Chubb actually told the NRA three months ago, telling the company that they would “discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract.”
However, other companies are sticking by the controversial association, such as HotelPlanner.com. “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA,” said Tim Hentschel, co-founder of Hotel Planner. “These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted rooms from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block.”
But one really big company is still associated with the NRA: FedEx, and they’ve come under attack from several notable Twitter personalities, including survivors of Stoneman Douglas High:
Hey @FedEx why do you support the NRA?
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 23, 2018
Comedian Wanda Sykes backed him up:
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) February 23, 2018
Then the Morning Joe crew pitched in:
I hope @FedEx does the right thing and stops propping up the NRA. They incite violence with their ads and attack America’s law enforcement officers. I support businesses that support our American heroes and will not support businesses who make their jobs harder. #USA
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 24, 2018
Hey @FedEx, I’ve been a fan of your company from the start. Please do the right thing and stop supporting an organization that attacks America’s heroes who protect us from terror attacks. Please support our law enforcement officers so we can keep supporting you. ??????
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 24, 2018
And then, well, everyone:
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 24, 2018
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 24, 2018
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) February 24, 2018
5,000+ messages sent to FedEx. If you haven’t sent yours yet, just click the link in the tweet below. It takes no more than 2-3 seconds.https://t.co/LluFHO7e0p
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) February 24, 2018
All these companies have severed ties with the NRA except for Fedex. A company I use daily. Let’s put the squeeze on them to to and use @DHLUS and @UPS let me know if you want me to do a commercial for you guys. Would be happy to. pic.twitter.com/mW0avp3wuZ
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 23, 2018
Let’s see how long it takes for FedEx to wise up.