Who Do You Support?

Posted May 18, 2017 by Michelle in Discussions / 5 Comments

Guys we need to talk about something that has been plaguing my mind for a little while now and it’s about creator support. More specifically, the support of people who don’t have the same core moral values and beliefs as ourselves and where we draw the line.

I’m talking about supporting makeup industries, corporations, even people like singers and writers with your money and appreciation and what that means and reflects onto you, especially when what they stand for is morally different to what you stand for in a negative way. I have quite a few examples for this discussion from large corporations to successful authors and in between   I would love comments below as well with more examples and thoughts on this subject.

To begin let me ask you these questions: Would you support someone who was racist? Would you support someone who was homophobic? Would you support companies that use sweatshops and child slave labour?

What if I told you that you probably already do? You are most likely against all of the things I mentioned above, none of these things fit into your moral code or the way you want to lead your life. Why then would you do this?

Nike is well-known for using sweatshops and treating staff poorly and in inhumane conditions. Orson Scott Card author of the famous book Enders Game is known for spouting homophobic slurs. Jeffree Star and Doe Deere, both with their own makeup lines, have done and said racist things against black people and Jewish people. These are just a few of the examples I can come up with, just off the top of my head. If we were to delve deeper into this topic, I’m sure we would find many other cases of people or companies that go against what we believe is right.

However, and this is important, I do not believe it is possible to only support those that have the same beliefs and values as you do. I believe how we place our money and whom we support is often dictated and decided for us and a lot of information on negative people and companies are easily washed over.

I feel that most of us have so much going on in our own lives that is hard to be concerned with everything else going on around us and can be easier to go with the status quo and not question things too deeply. Speaking from my own experiences sometimes we can be knowledgeable about negative things the companies and people we support have done or said but tend to push it to the back of our mind because we wonder in the scheme of things what does it really matter? Or can we really make a difference.

I’m here to say we can make a difference. It is well-known that I follow a vegan lifestyle and a big part of the concept of veganism is to decrease consumer demand for animals and animal products. What I believe we, the people, can do is decrease or increase consumer or moral demand for positive change.

Basically what I am trying to tell y’all is to question everything and ask yourself, who am I supporting and are they the right fit for me and my beliefs? My purpose today is not to make you mad it is to make you think a little harder about where you are putting your money because often is the case, our money speaks for us.

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5 responses to “Who Do You Support?

  1. This topic has always left me with really conflicted feelings. For instance, I read Ender’s Game and loved it well before I learned about Orson Scott Card’s homophobic views. Does this mean I shouldn’t continue reading his books, even though I really enjoy them? Perhaps. I’m still trying to work it out.
    Anyways, this is an awesome point to bring up! 🙂

  2. Me: *sees post title*
    Me: I support you and Ely!
    (Clearly, you guys have me well-trained!)

    I think it’s important to do your best to support people who are making a difference – it’s not always possible, but someone’s gotta try, or else nothing gets better. What I hate is when people are like ‘you think that book is racist? Well, I wasn’t going to read it, but now I will!’ Which I have seen on book Twitter lately *sighs*

  3. I think we always have to try, but I also think we can’t always consciously research every brand you buy from either. BUT when it comes to makeup, skincare, and food: I do think that’s important. I eat mostly vegetarian (often vegan) and I’m trying to make that into a consistent lifestyle this year. I recently wanted a new backpack and found this amazing brand that uses imitation leather and the insides of the purses and backpacks are 100% made from recycled bottles. So I bought one, and I adore it. I’m also trying to buy more natural skincare from good brands, and I try to buy cruelty free makeup too. I do still have non-cruelty free stuff, but it’s a transition.

    Great post, Michelle! I definitely think this is important. Also: I would never buy anything from Jeffree Star or Manny MUA because there has been some serious controversy around both. Especially JS: hell no. I’m probably never going to buy Kat Von D either. I’m not entirely sure what the whole controversy was around, but I think it had something to do with antisemitism too. So: no.

  4. Yes, we need to be conscious of how we spend our money and who we support. Veganism certainly taught me to get in the habit of figuring out what the companies I support stand for. It’s a slow process to figure out which companies work well with our ethics, though, and I think being gentle with yourself through the process is also crucial.

  5. As soon as I found out the artist on Rat Queens, a self-proclaimed feminist comic book series, had been arrested for domestic abuse I stopped picking it up. I haven’t read Ender’s Game because I don’t agree with Orson Scott Card. BUT I listen to Wagner, who wasn’t shy in proclaiming his hatred of Jewish people, and I buy clothes that have definitely been made in sweat shops. I think an argument can be made that an artist and their art are separate entities, but it’s a tricky one.