Gary Lineker is in talks with Walkers crisps trying to get them to withdraw their advertising from the Sun over the newspaper’s politically incorrect anti-refugee stories.
The BBC presenter, who has fronted Walkers’ adverts for 21 years, this week gave his backing to a campaign to persuade companies not to advertise in newspapers that are responsible for what he calls divisive hate campaigns .
And, when asked by a Daily Mail journalist whether he would be speaking to Walkers about withdrawing its adverts, he replied: [I] already have.
However, a Walkers spokesperson suggested the company was unlikely to agree to Lineker’s request. A spokesman said:
We have a very successful partnership with Gary Lineker and we will continue to do so. Our advertising approach is not determined by the editorial stances of individual newspapers.
Lego builds PC walls to keep Daily Mail readers out
See article from bbc.com
Lego has announced its promotional giveaways with the Daily Mail have ended – amid a campaign to stop firms advertising with some newspapers over what it calls divisive coverage of migrants.
The firm regularly gives away free toys via the paper, but said there would be no more in the foreseeable future .
A campaign gorup Stop Funding Hate has lobbied firms to stop advertising with some newspapers. The group, formed in the summer, has criticised several national newspapers for portraying migrants in overwhelmingly negative terms . It has urged companies including John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer to stop advertising with the Daily Mail, the Sun and Daily Express.
Responding to a tweet from Stop Funding Hate, Lego confirmed its promotional agreement with the Mail had ended. Lego told the BBC it spends:
A lot of time listening to what children have to say. And when parents and grandparents take the time to let us know how they feel, we always listen just as carefully.
The Mail is the UK’s second most-read daily newspaper and boasts almost 15m readers a day online.
Comment: A message to the politically correct, Gary Lineker and Lego
13th November 2016. See article from theguardian.com
Meanwhile Nick Cohen, writing in the Guardian, has a far more constructive idea, rather than censoring, banning, bullying, or sneering at working class people, why not do something a bit more positive, like trying to do something to help them make a good living. Cohen advises the ‘progressive’ left to consider compromise:
But before you become self-righteous you must accept that the dominant faction on the western left uses language just as suggestive of collective punishment when they talk about their own white working class. Imagine how it must feel for a worker in Bruce Springsteen’s Youngstown to hear college-educated liberals condemn white privilege when he has a shit job and a miserable life. Or Google the number of times straight white males are denounced by public-school educated women in the liberal media and think how that sounds to an ex-miner coughing his guts up in a Yorkshire council flat.
Emotionally, as well as rationally, they sense the left, or at least the left they see and hear, is no longer their friend. They are men and women who could be argued with, if the middle classes were willing to treat them decently. You might change their minds. You might even find that they could change yours.