Amazon founder Jeff Bezos fired back on Instagram against a customer who sent him a profanity-laced message over the company’s support for Black Lives Matter telling him that he was “happy to lose” customers like him.
“There have been a number of sickening but not surprising responses in my inbox since my last post,” Bezos wrote. “This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows. It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem. And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.”
Dave, whose last name was blacked out by Bezos, told the billionaire founder of Amazon that he canceled his order after reading its statement in support of Black Lives Matter and that his “business relationship with you is over.”
The problem with Amazon’s and other corporations’ support of BLM is that liberal newspapers like The Washington Post — which Bezos owns — support these actions wholeheartedly while criticizing the few companies that dare to support conservative or Christian causes and labeling them as intolerant while often demanding they cease their support.
The statement sent by Bezos said, “We believe Black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and partners, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear.”
Even though Dave was wrong to use profanity –thus giving Bezos an opportunity to reject him he is likely not alone in his complaints about Amazon’s corporate activism especially with Black Lives Matter’s murky objectives.
That doesn’t seem to matter to Bezos, who has embraced the organization by placing a Black Lives Matter banner at the top of both its website and the main screen of its streaming video service along with recommendations of movies on racism and injustice.
Visitors to Amazon’s website can also click a link to read a blog post about the company’s $10 million donation to organizations “supporting justice and equity.”
Amazon isn’t just a behemoth of online shopping, it is a very powerful player in the media space with its Prime video offering as well as its Echo smart assistant device, which feeds news and information to millions of homes — and in this case, it could skew Amazon users’ views to match those of Bezos.