Despite getting over half a million online signatures and an onslaught of support (including from none other than Cher) urging Macy's to "dump" Donald Trump as a spokesperson for their company, the retailer has decided not to succumb to the call to arms for the retailer to fire him. Angelo Carusone, the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters, started the SignOn.org petition to urge CEO Terry J. Lundgren to fire the controversial media mogul, who — in addition to being a spokesman (watch him in the latest commercial here) — has a line of products including ties and colognes sold at Macy's.
The petition, named "Urge Macy's To Dump Donald Trump," uses a laundry list of the Celebrity Apprentice host's deplorable actions to call for his firing. These include, "sexist behavior ... Use his public platform to deny the reality of climate change ... Hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas to China, despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy's is made in China and other Asian nations....and perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States."
But, no amount of mind-boggling election night Twitter rants or post-Sandy insensitivity or wild conspiracy theories have seemed to work against Trump, as Macy's is standing by their man, for now. The retailer said in a statement released to US Weekly regarding the petition: "Macy's marketing and merchandise offerings are not representative of any political position. Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy's -- or at any retailer, for that matter -- express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company."
In an email to Hollywood.com Carusone called Macy's response "problematic" and argued that it "erroneously assumes this is about their TV ad. It's not. The petition pre-dated the launch of their ad campaign." Carusone added, "Macy's doesn't merely sell Trump's clothes, they are in partnership with him to develop his fashion brand. That's what this is about. This is about whether Trump's brand of bullying and chicanery is consistent with the magic of Macy's."
A spokesperson for Trump told Business Week, "I question the legitimacy and accuracy of the website and the number of signatures claimed to have joined this petition... [Trump] values its long-standing relationship with Macy’s and looks forward to many more years of continued success." While Trump hasn't responded to Carusone, he did have a very Trump-like response to Cher, a supporter of the petition, telling the legendary singer from his page, "@cher should spend more time focusing on her family and dying career!"
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When Donald Trump tweeted in the midst of his inane election night Twitter rant/meltdown, "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty," it's safe to assume he didn't think people would feel the same way about him. It seems for every person still amused by Trump's outrageous, offensive antics, there are others ready to put a stop to it. Nearly 500,000 of them, in fact.
A petition has been gaining traction on SignOn.org urging the retailer Macy's and its CEO Terry J. Lundgren — which sells Trump products and uses The Celebrity Apprentice host as a spokesman (the store was also featured as a challenge in an episode last season) — to cut ties with the controversial figure.
The petition called "Urge Macy's To Dump Donald Trump," which was started by Angelo Carusone, the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters, argues that Trump has, among other grievances, "Long engaged in sexist behavior ... Use his public platform to deny the reality of climate change ... and perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States." Hollywood.com reached out to Macy's, who were not immediately available for comment.
The petition also states that the 66-year-old (pictured above, presumably yelling at Santa about outsourcing work to elves) has "hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas to China, despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy's is made in China and other Asian nations." (Carusone's petition isn't the only one to call Trump out on that matter; David Letterman pointed it out to the business mogul during one of his recent appearances on The Late Show. Watch it here.) Carusone, who was also behind a boycott against Glenn Beck, explained to Hollywood.com what finally made him take action against Trump. "For me the final straw was a recent letter that I found from Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren to Donald Trump. In it, Mr. Lundgren concludes by saying 'Don't give up the Real Estate business yet but we are developing a meaningful fashion business with your brand!' I've been a longtime customer of Macy's and Bloomingdales. To me, Trump's brand is consequence free bullying. It just didn't seem to reflect the 'magic of Macy's.' So, I acted." Clearly Carusone isn't the only one who has had enough of Trump, who angered many when he extended his $5 million "offer" to President Obama in the wake of Sandy's devastation. "He has a lack of respect for our political system. He offends me and all veterans who have fought for our country," and, "I will not shop at Macy's until and unless it dumps Trump -— I do not want to support a racist bigot," are among some of the comments left on the SignOn.com petition. (The latter is perhaps the worst threat for Macy's as the holiday shopping season looms near.)
While Trump hasn't responded to Carusone on Twitter (yet... right now he's too busy attempting to start an argument with Rachel Maddow about wind turbines) he has brought up Macy's on Twitter, in the way he knows best: shameless self-promotion. Trump wrote from his page on Tuesday, "My fragrance--"Success"-- is flying off the shelves @Macys. The perfect Christmas gift!"
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