Almost three weeks after the news broke that Gloria Jeans cafés gave $30,000 to the Australian Christian Lobby, boycotting coffee drinkers are still frothing with annoyance.
The company’s two statements to the concerned community about its funding arrangements – including its ‘we’re not homophobic’ assertion seem not to have convinced many equality seekers.
Posted on Gloria Jeans’ Facebook page on Wednesday after two weeks of silence, this innocent-enough picture of a coffee prompted hundreds of angry comments below it, calling the company out on their behind-the-scenes funding.
“Get out of my city and get replaced by a coffee shop that doesn’t fund your disgusting beliefs.”
“I won’t ever buy coffee from a chain promoting bigotry and prejudice in the way you do. Absolutely disgusting.”
“Coffee should be shared with everyone, because coffee is awesome. Hatred is not.”
“I won’t tolerate your intolerance Gloria Jeans!”
“Yeh, I’ll never buy anything from Gloria Jeans again, nor will my friends.”
Some Same Same readers say their own comments have been deleted, but there’s certainly many others still visible on the page.
On another posting, Gloria Jeans staff advise: “You may have noticed we have removed posts that contain offensive language or do not meet our social media guidelines. Please be considerate and post thoughtfully.”
Meanwhile, the Boycott Gloria Jeans Facebook page now has over 7,000 members. One of them has even come up with an interactive map showing Gloria Jeans stores and their nearby alternatives. See it below.
And below, Kyle Olsen of InsideOut catches you up with the Gloria Jeans coffee-blocking situation.