In today’s politically charged environment, it’s probably best not to make comments about the election if you’re the CEO of a major corporation.
After GrubHub’s CEO came under fire for sending a mail to his employees in which he asked them to resign if they agreed with Donald Trump’s views, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi has landed into hot water thanks to her comments following Trump’s election as US President.
Nooyi, who’s a staunch Clinton supporter, said Trump’s victory left her daughters, gay workers, employees and the non-whites devastated as there was “serious concern” among them about their safety in the US with Donald Trump as president.”I had to answer a lot of questions from my daughters, from our employees. They were all in mourning. Our employees were all crying. The question that they are asking, especially those who are not white ‘Are we safe’, women are asking ‘Are we safe’, LGBT people are asking ‘Are we safe’,” she said at a conference after Trump became President-elect.
Trump’s supporters did not take kindly to her comments, and soon the hashtag #BoycottPepsi began trending on Twitter. While Nooyi had never explicitly said that Pepsi didn’t want the business of Trump supporters, rumours flew thick and fast online.
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Pepsi’s stock fell today by around 2 percent, and that gave further ammunition to Trump’s supporters to continue the boycott.
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Nooyi, who is an immigrant from India, hadn’t been the only CEO to voice concerns about Trump, but she had been particularly vociferous in her opposition to his candidacy. “How dare we talk about women that way,” she’s said about Trump’s lewd conversations which had surfaced during his campaign. “Why do we talk that way about a whole group of citizens. I don’t think there is place for that kind of language in any part of society – not in locker rooms, not in football players’ homes, not in any place. If we don’t nip it in the bud, this is going to be a lethal force that is going to take over society.
“Locker room conversation about women is absolutely intolerable. That too that kind of locker room conversation,” she’d said.