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Costco reportedly yanks Palmetto Cheese from shelves after founder says Black Lives Matter is a ‘terrorist organization’

Costco will reportedly no longer sell Palmetto Cheese in at least 120 of its stores after Brian Henry, Palmetto Cheese’s founder, said that the Black Lives Matter organization was a “terrorist organization.”

Henry, who is also mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, made the remarks in a since-deleted Aug. 25 Facebook post that prompted many people on social media to call for a boycott of the company.

What are the details?

According to NBC’s “Today,” a Costco store announced the company had removed the cheese items in question from at least 120 stores as prompted by Henry’s remarks.

Henry’s remarks were purported to be in response to the news of a murder of two residents in Georgetown, South Carolina.

The Facebook read, “I am sickened by the senseless killings in Georgetown last night. 2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man. So why do we stand by and allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis … this has gone on too long. Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations they are.”

The outlet pointed to a release from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, which detailed the incident.

Henry, in the post, apparently referred to 23-year-old Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, who was arrested the day before Henry’s viral post after reportedly shooting three people and killing two others following a car accident that day.

In a store sign announcement following social media outcry, a Costco franchise wrote, “Over 120 Costco’s [sic] throughout the US are no longer carrying this item.”

The sign also read, “The *(asterisk) on this sign means that these 2 items are discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco.”

Several outlets — including “Today” — reportedly reached out to the company to confirm the decision, but the company refused to provide comment.

Henry says ‘sorry’

On Sept. 3, Henry issued an apology during a news conference.

“I am profoundly sorry to those I offended with my post last week,” he said in his remarks. “My comments were hurtful and insensitive. I spent that past 10 days listening and learning. The conversations I’ve had with friends, our staff, the community and faith-based leaders provided me with a deeper understanding of racial inequality and the importance of diversity sensitivity, which is very much needed to heal Pawleys Island, Georgetown and our country.”

In response to Henry’s August remarks, Marvin Neal — the NAACP branch president in Georgetown, South Carolina — called for the Pawleys Island mayor’s resignation.

“When two white people were allegedly killed by a black man in Georgetown, SC, Mayor Brian Henry of the neighboring town of Pawley’s [sic] Island Beach had the opportunity to bring citizens closer together,” the statement read. “He instead chose to use his platform to cause further racial divide and controversy by venting his frustrations on social media.”

In a statement to “Today,” Neal said, “Mayor Henry used the power and privilege afforded to his office to further his personal agenda and spread hateful, racist rhetoric with the potential of inciting violence. These situations must be taken seriously. Racism cannot and will not be tolerated by the citizens of Pawley’s [sic] Island Beach and Georgetown County, SC. Mayor Henry’s actions reflected negatively upon himself and the community in which he serves.”

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#CancelNetflix movement over ‘Cuties’ leads cancellations to spike almost eightfold, according to analytics firm

Netflix saw its U.S. cancellations spike almost eightfold following an online movement to boycott the streaming giant over its controversial film, “Cuties.”

What’s a brief history here?

The French award-winning film has sparked outrage from the living rooms of America to the legislative chambers in Washington, D.C., for sexualizing four 11-year-old girls in a “sensual” dance troupe.

Netflix has insisted that there is no underage nudity in the film and has encouraged people who want to fight against child sexualization to watch the film.

In a statement to TheBlaze, a Netflix spokesperson said, “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

The film prompted hashtag #CancelNetflix to go viral, as well as an accompanying petition with a related name. At the time of this writing, at least 653,000 people have signed the petition vowing to cancel their Netflix subscriptions over the film.

What about the cancellations?

According to data analytics firm YipitData, the surge of cancellations came on the heels of the “Cuties” release.

Variety, citing data from the company, reported that the subscriber cancellations began to rise on Sept. 10 — just a day after the film’s Netflix debut.

That day, #CancelNetflix was Twitter’s top trending hashtag.

Two days later, the cancellation rate “jumped to nearly eight times higher than the average daily levels recorded in August 2020,” Variety reported.

New York-based YipitData told the outlet that this was a “multiyear high” for cancellations.

On Monday, filmmaker and director Maïmouna Doucouré echoed Netflix’s sentiments and argued that the film is a “social commentary,” according to Variety.

During a French cinema panel discussion, Doucouré said, “We need to protect our children. What I want to [do] is to open people’s eyes on this issue and try to fix it.”

TheBlaze has reached out to Netflix for comment on the analytics report but did not receive a response in time for publication.

‘This film normalizes the sexualization of little girls’

In a statement following the backlash, Parents Television Council program director Melissa Henson condemned the film.

Henson said, “Although there is a danger that little girls will be attracted to this film, the far greater risk is the way this film normalizes the sexualization of little girls. [Netflix] is desensitizing millions of viewers at home by asking them to be entertained by it.”

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation also said that Netflix should omit the film’s decidedly “sexually exploitative scenes” or yank the film from its library altogether.

“While we commend director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hyper-sexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point,” Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives, said in a statement. “The audience does not need to see the very long scenes with close-up shots of the girls’ bodies; this does nothing to educate the audience on the harms of sexualization.”

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Mass outrage erupts at Hobby Lobby after blatant pro-Trump message appears on a store display

Hobby Lobby is under fire after a decidedly pro-Trump display was recently discovered at one of its U.S. stores.

What are the details?

Social media users are calling for a boycott of the store, which has never shied away from its conservative roots.

A photo of the display emerged on social media, which featured decorative letters arranged to read “USA Vote Trump.”

It is not known at the time of this writing whether a store employee crafted the display, or if a customer or customers rearranged the letters to call for Trump support.

One social media user wrote, “We’re all aware that customers re-arrange these letters all the time, right? Call my [sic] old-fashioned, but I prefer to be outraged at Hobby Lobby for making it so that employers can decide what kind of healthcare their employees can get.”

Another social media user took a swipe at the company’s Christian stance, writing, “I’ve been in a Hobby Lobby one time. The Jesus music was just too damn much. I had to wash off the stink of hypocrisy and Christianity when I got home.”

Another user complained, “#HobbyLobby will get ZERO and I do mean ZERO of my family’s money. I will not set foot in one EVER again.”

Conservative entertainer Kaya Jones remarked on the display, and on Twitter wrote, “Hobby Lobby we love you.” She attached an American flag emoji to the tweet.

Author Tim Young added, “Hobby Lobby would welcome a leftist boycott, especially after their last boycott of Goya that led to record sales of beans.”

Author Dan Gainor added, “People have been writing stuff at #HobbyLobby forever. Then employees take it down. Is the left really this stupid? Ooops, they are.”

In 2016, CEO David Green expressed his support for Trump, saying: “For Americans who value freedom of religion, we must elect a president who will support a Supreme Court that upholds not only this freedom but all that have emanated from it. That president is Donald Trump.”

TheBlaze reached out to Hobby Lobby for comment on the developing story, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Black Lives Matter activists organize ‘Black Out Day’ to boycott businesses not owned by blacks

Black Lives Matter activists advocated for a “Black Out Day” to show the economic power of blacks by refusing to spend at businesses that aren’t owned by blacks.

The economic activist boycott was held on June 7. Supporters posted about “Black Out Day” on social media and posted flyers to spread the word.

Others used social media to publicize their black-owned businesses.

A statement from the website for the movement said that organizers want blacks to continue the boycott beyond one day and possibly into a years long statement.

“This movement is an awakening of the national consciousness of black people in America and abroad. We need economic solidarity in America amongst all black people unequivocally,” the statement read.

“In order to break free from the chains of financial servility, we will organize days, weeks, months, and years if necessary when not one black person in America will spend a dollar outside of our community,” it concluded.

One company, Vans shoes, showed their support for the day by telling visitors to their website to spend money at a black-owned business before buying their shoes.

Here’s more about “Black Out Day”:

Blackout Day looks to tap the rising power of the Black consumer