- Blink-182 is refusing to ship merchandise through FedEx following gun-rights activists boycott threats.
- FedEx pledged to maintain ties to the NRA, even though the shipping company says it disagrees with the guns-rights group’s policies.
- More than a dozen companies, including Hertz, United, and Delta, have cut ties with the NRA in the last week.
Blink-182’s bass player says the band is no longer using FedEx after the shipping company refused to cut ties with the National Rifle Association.
FedEx “has chosen to continue its business relationship with the NRA, despite its board member pushing conspiracies against children who survived Parkland,” bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus tweeted on Monday.
He continued: “I’ve directed our representatives to stop using them, and encourage you to do the same.”
With the boycott, Blink-182 is joining a number of other people threatening to stop using FedEx. Cult-favourite ice cream company Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream also vowed to stop shipping with FedEx on Monday.
Last week, in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, people on social media began to pressure companies that offer special deals to NRA members to cut ties with the gun-rights organisation.
More than a dozen companies, including Hertz, United, and Delta, have cut ties with the NRA in recent days. However, FedEx has said it plans to continue to offer NRA members discounts.
However, FedEx announced it would continue its relationship with the NRA, offering members discounts of up to 26% on shipping.
“The NRA is one of hundreds of organisations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping,” the company said in its statement. “FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.”
FedEx’s continued loyalty to the NRA has been met with increased boycott pressure.
“So how else should we pressure @FedEx to end their relationship with the NRA?” David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who has since emerged as a leading voice on gun control, tweeted on Monday.
You chose profit over principles.
You chose lobbyists over lives.
You chose the gun industry over our children.
You chose the NRA over the American people.
— The Hummingbird ???? (@SaysHummingbird) February 27, 2018
.@FedEx-You chose the NRA over the American people. I'll never do business with FedEx ever again. Neither will any campaign or non profit I'm affiliated with. Or friends or family. Or the millions in #TheResistance. We will never give up on this. Never. #BoycottFedEx #BoycottNRA
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 27, 2018
Since the weekend, FedEx’s social media accounts have been flooded by boycott threats. Celebrities and well-known personalities including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Eichner, and Zach Braff tweeted over the weekend in support of the effort to boycott FedEx.
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