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June 23, 2005

Oh, the Boycott Hadn’t Already Ended?

The Southern Baptist Convention, which kick-started a widespread conservative religious boycott of Walt Disney Co. eight years ago, voted Wednesday to end the action but warned Disney that it was keeping its eye on the company (MSNBC).

I’m not against boycotts, but they just invite derision if they have absolutely no impact. It seems to me the boycott by the Southern Baptists and others had no effect on Disney, either because not enough conservative Christians participated or because Disney’s size and popularity could sustain the loss of a small portion of its business.

Next time, it would be good to do an impact study before sticking out our necks.

Posted by Jim at June 23, 2005 07:52 AM

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Frankly, I didn't think the boycott was such a great idea to start with. Yes, there are things that Disney has done that are not appealing to a Southern Baptist conservative like myself. However, they have done a lot of good things that our family enjoys. Rather than issuing boycotts perhaps the better thing to do is to support ventures (movies, theme parks, etc.) that we can feel good about and choose not to spend our entertainment dollars on those things we find less appealling or even repulsive. Executives will pay far more attention to what brings in the money than boycotts.

Posted by: Tom at June 23, 2005 08:39 AM