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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: protesters targeting Ivanka Trump ? Reply with quote

( one of the things that makes the least sense to me about the anti trump movement is there desire to target Ivanka Trump , the likeable and moderate young women who is a moderate influence on her father . to me it just seems crazy to target and go after one of the most moderate influences on trump ? and to target her business simply cause she is related to trump . )

'Baycott': Why 'Peeved Beavers' are upset by Ivanka Trump's brand at the Bay

Peeved Beavers
A member of the "Peeved Beavers" group, Amanda Spencer, holds up a sarcastic sign while she's dressed up as Donald Trump.

Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca

Published Friday, February 24, 2017 2:25PM EST

Armed with distinctive blonde wigs, pursed lips and red power ties, a group of Ontario women are planning to dress up as U.S. President Donald Trump to protest the Hudson’s Bay Co. for carrying Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during two demonstrations in the Toronto area planned for Saturday.

The women call themselves the “Peeved Beavers,” and they have a bone to pick with HBC.

The Peeved Beavers are demanding the Canadian retailer drop Ivanka Trump’s fashion and accessories line and are encouraging consumers to boycott, or “Baycott,” the store until it does. Amanda St. Jean, a member of the newly-formed group, told CTVNews.ca that Ivanka Trump has a lot of influence on her father’s controversial policies throughout his campaign and in the current administration. Policies which she believes go against Canadian values.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump models clothing from her line at the Bay in Toronto on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (Pawel Dwulit/The Canadian Press)

Peeved Beavers
Amanda Spencer holds up a sign as she wears a costume fashioned after U.S. President Donald Trump.

“She [Ivanka] is part of this administration. She may not have a title, but she’s mixing public office with personal gain and we feel that’s just never appropriate,” St. Jean said in an interview from Guelph, Ont. on Thursday.

St. Jean also explained why they are specifically targeting Hudson’s Bay Co.

“I think the Bay is the priority because of their stock. They’re selling quite a lot of the goods [from Ivanka’s line] from jewelry to shoes and boots and also clothing,” she said.

“Plus, they market themselves as the iconic Canadian department store and we would point out that the values of the Trump administration are not the same as what I think are Canadian values.”

St. Jean has been heavily involved in a U.S. anti-Trump campaign started by Shannon Coulter called #GrabYourWallet, which encourages consumers who disagree with the president’s policies to boycott stores selling the Trump family’s merchandise. The Peeved Beavers is a Canadian offshoot of the #GrabYourWallet movement.

St. Jean and Coulter said they have both asked HBC about dropping Ivanka’s brand, but they haven’t received a response, which is why the Peeved Beavers have organized a protest.

Hudson’s Bay spokesperson, Tiffany Bourre, said the retailer aims to deliver a “strong assortment” of fashion in an email to CTVNews.ca.

“We respect our customers’ right to choose the brands that work for them. In turn, our customers’ choices inform our decisions on which merchandise we offer,” Bourre wrote.

St. Jean estimates that, since their secret Facebook group was created three or four weeks ago, it has grown to include approximately 30 members. Amanda Spencer, another Peeved Beaver, says they’re only expecting 10 to 15 members at the two planned protests on Saturday, so they can control the protest, and stay in character.

“We’re thinking of it as almost being a piece of performance art,” Spencer said. “We’re there to interact with passersby for a period of time and bring some attention to the issue.”

The two women said their Trump imitations (with maybe a few Steve Bannons and Kellyanne Conways thrown into the mix for good measure) are intended to be “fun and artful” to contrast some of the “heaviness” in the world right now.

St. Jean said a first “practice” protest will be held at the Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the second protest at the flagship Bay store located at the Toronto Eaton Centre, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Defending Ivanka

Supporters of Ivanka Trump have organized their own counter-protests too, including the #BuyIvanka hashtag that gained traction on Twitter after U.S.-based retailer Nordstrom dropped her products. Nordstrom cited poor sales, rather than political reasons, for its decision to stop stocking Ivanka Trump products.

In Canada, Charles Edward Bae created a Facebook group, called “Ivanka TRUMP Belongs at The Bay,” to oppose the #Baycott campaign. Bae told CTVNews.ca that he created the group to counter the boycott demands and show his support for Ivanka’s designs.

“Canadians protesting a Canadian store over products that the American president’s daughter sells… It’s a little bit silly to me,” Bae said in a phone interview from Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday.

Protesting the Bay because it sells Ivanka’s brand is illogical and “guilt by association,” he said, because the president’s daughter doesn’t have an official role in the administration. He said it’s unfair to target Ivanka because of her father’s policies.

Shannon Coulter, the creator of the Grab Your Wallet campaign, takes an opposite view when it comes to Ivanka’s influence in the White House, arguing that Ivanka campaigned for Trump even after the leak of a now-infamous video that featured his crude remarks about women. Coulter said the first daughter was an official part of the transition team, regularly meets with business and world leaders and directly shapes policy through her relationship with her father.

“It’s a complete myth that she’s just daughter. She’s not. She’s a key part of this administration,” Coulter said during a phone interview from San Francisco on Thursday.

Bae, on the other hand, said Ivanka has continually advocated for female empowerment and should even be considered a role model for women boycotting her line.

“In what way do they have any evidence that Ivanka is in any way against human rights or the advancement of women or all of these values that Canadians hold dear?” Bae questioned.

The Vancouver-based actor went on to argue that protesters who view Trump’s policies as intolerant are actually being intolerant themselves.

“These people protesting Ivanka at the Bay, they’re basically trying to limit choice for all other Canadians, which personally, I find to be totally unfair and it’s not very liberal,” Bae said. “If you’re so insistent on having your way, you become a little totalitarian and tyrannical.”

An exchange of ideas

The Peeved Beavers said they’re simply engaging in a healthy and respectful exchange of ideas, which they said is integral in any democracy.

Coulter knows St. Jean from their work together on the Grab Your Wallet movement and said she’s supporting the women in their boycott of Hudson’s Bay Co.

“In the short term, the goal is to be able to do business with companies we love with a clear conscience,” Coulter said. “In the long term, the goal is a more respectful, inclusive society.”


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump brand boycott gets louder with plans to protest Ivanka's line at the Bay

A group of Ontario women plan to dress up as Donald Trump and protest in Toronto

By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 5:23 AM ET

Both Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka are targets in a growing boycott of Trump merchandise.

A group of women plan to dress up as caricatures of U.S. President Donald Trump and stage a protest this weekend at two Hudson's Bay stores in the Toronto area.

Their aim is to convince the Canadian-based department store to stop selling Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories.

The protesters call themselves the "Peeved Beavers."

"Beavers" is inspired by the Bay's coat of arms, which includes four brown beavers. And the word peeved?

"We're peeved because they carry the Ivanka brand, but being peeved is attached to what that brand represents as well," says group member Amanda St. Jean.

To protest President Trump's deeply divisive politics, a grassroots campaign called Grab Your Wallet has been calling for a boycott of retailers carrying Trump merchandise. The campaign, launched in October, has been gathering steam as protesters get louder and more retailers drop Trump-related products.

In Canada, many are focusing their boycott on the Bay. Their movement has even inspired a Twitter hashtag: #baycott.

The Bay has given no indication it plans to drop Ivanka Trump's line. "We respect our customers' right to choose the brands that work for them," the company said in an email to CBC News.

Ivanka Trump jewellery Hudson's Bay boycott
Hudson's Bay continues to sell a number of Ivanka Trump products, including her jewelry line. (CBC)

St. Jean and about 14 fellow protesters plan to hit two popular Bay locations this Saturday: Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga at 10:30 a.m., and Toronto Eaton Centre at 11:30 a.m.

They've decided to dress up as the new U.S. president to grab attention. They'll also carry signs thanking the Bay for its continued support of his daughter's brand.

"It's a very heavy time and so we thought something lighter might be helpful," St. Jean says about the satirical approach.

But she adds that the Bay continuing to carry Ivanka Trump's line is no laughing matter. "I think the [Bay] brand has a value on their books and it's slowly being eroded by everyday Canadians who are just saying, "This isn't right."

St. Jean and other boycotters oppose many of Trump's policies, from his stance on the environment, to his recent executive order on immigration and refugees.

Some have complained the boycott unfairly targets Ivanka Trump, punishing her for her father's controversial policies.

"You have issues with the father so take it out on the daughter. Pathetic," commented a reader on a CBC News story about the boycott.

But Ivanka Trump is closely tied to her father and his presidency, St. Jean says.

She also says she believes the first daughter has unfairly used her father's status to market products, pointing to a promotion put out by Ivanka Trump's company for a $10,800 US bracelet she wore during a 60 Minutes interview in November.

Ivanka Trump also sparked criticism when she plugged a dress from her collection that she wore to the Republican Party's national convention last July.

"She's politicized shopping — now we have too," says St. Jean.

A number of retailers have chosen to stop selling at least some Ivanka Trump merchandise or products sold under the Trump Home brand. They include Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears and Kmart.

ShopStyle, the global fashion search engine and shopping guide, recently removed all Ivanka Trump items from its search database. Like many retailers, ShopStyle blamed waning consumer interest.

"We are therefore removing Ivanka Trump products from our database to allow higher performing products greater visibility," a company spokesperson said in an email to CBC News.

Almost every night, Shannon Coulter, the creator of Grab Your Wallet, monitors for changes in the number of Trump products offered by online retailers.

She's currently watching to see if Bluefly will be the next to drop Ivanka Trump, noting that the brand's offerings on the U.S.-based shopping site have declined from hundreds of items to just 11.

"I'm just keeping an eye on that one," says Coulter, who lives in San Francisco.

Shannon Coulter started the Grab Your Wallet boycott campaign, which targets retailers carrying Trump merchandise. (Shannon Coulter)

Coulter started the boycott campaign in October after the release of Access Hollywood footage from 2005 where Donald Trump bragged about groping women.

But it's the controversy over Trump's policies as president that has helped fuel the boycott, she says.

"I think it's a very easy, peaceful way to protest," says Coulter. "The name 'Trump' in general is pretty toxic right now."

She says the #GrabYour Wallet hashtag has been seen more than 800 million times in Twitter feeds, while the campaign's website got two million hits in the last month and sometimes gets upwards of 30,000 unique visits per hour.

"That's the scale," says Coulter.

The anti-boycott movement

But as the Trump boycott is gaining momentum, so too is opposition.

The Ivanka Trump HQ Facebook page is now flooded with comments from Trump supporters.

"Keep your chin up, Ivanka. Don't let the snowflakes get under your skin," commented one woman.

"We got your back at She BANGZZ which is a female firearms fashion boutique!!! Go Trump!!!" wrote another person, referring to the women's section of a Tennessee gun shop.

A small group of Trump supporters also staged their own protest by heading to a U.S. Nordstrom store to cancel their accounts.

And a call to boycott Trump wine has apparently led to a surge in sales. According to Fox News, Trump supporters in Virginia responded by swarming Wegmans grocery stores, buying so much of the product that some locations sold out.

With this weekend's protests at the Bay, St. Jean says she hopes not to incite a backlash, but instead raise attention for her side of the debate.

"I hope it's the right kind of attention," she says. "We want to start a conversation."

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