Red Lobster boycott? Seriously, who’s not going to eat lobster? Although there’s scrutiny from certain Beyoncé antagonists, media centers might be hyping the situation to greater lengths than what’s really happening.
As you’ve possibly seen in recent headlines, some groups of disgruntled Red Lobster customers are upset at the restaurant’s agreement and promotion of Beyoncé’s verbal endorsement. Along with the controversy surrounding the musical artist’s Black Panther Party connotations in her Super Bowl 50 performance, these particular consumers disagree with Beyoncé’s lyrics, which refer to Red Lobster as part of her reward system toward her husband for giving her “good” sex.
If you haven’t heard or read Beyoncé’s lyrics to “Formation,” the specific line states, as follow.
“When he f**k me good, I take his a** to Red Lobster (cause I slay).”
So, those who — now — oppose the singer are attempting to find any means to defame her. Since Red Lobster is proud to be included in Beyoncé’s “controversial” lyrics, as mentions CEO Kim Lopdrup, these antagonistic groups are targeting the restaurant chain — as reports The Inquisitr.
— Red Lobster (@redlobster) February 7, 2016
— Red Lobster (@redlobster) February 7, 2016
However, simultaneously, media sources might be adding a few journalistic “GMOs” to the essence of the story. It’s only a fraction of the white demographic who has expressed a distaste for Red Lobster since the advent of this situation. The way some sources are sensationalizing the story makes it seem as if the entire demographic is up in arms against the seafood chain.
It’s quite apparent from Red Lobster’s Twitter profile that exponentially-many people are still supporting the restaurant and claiming to be “lobsterworthy,” contrary to news headlines.
— Red Lobster (@redlobster) February 17, 2016
— Jen M (@JenM1228) February 17, 2016
— Diane Kelly (@DiDeeDooo) February 16, 2016
— Misti Leigh (@smurfet27) February 16, 2016
— David Searcy (@ProfessorSearcy) February 13, 2016
This particular article doesn’t have room for the exceeding numbers of these Red Lobster posts. Advice: don’t believe the boycott hype. Not to say there isn’t “boycott” talk circulating the nation, but it’s not to the extent that some sources are exasperating its perception.
And those who are looking to stage a walk-out on Red Lobster, generally, don’t understand the fullness of the situation. Interestingly stated, Facebook user Jay Deeva expressed her concerns in the following as a status update.
“I’m positive the people calling for a boycott:”
- Haven’t actually listened to the lyrics of the song
- Don’t have a grasp on the actual definition of racism
- Get historical knowledge from memes and biased sources
- Live in homogeneous areas that lack diversity.
“I’m truly embarrassed to share a nationality with people who choose to be ignorant and hateful in their message. You expect us not to judge all whites, but assume we are incapable of not judging all officers. The hypocrisy is painful, and it causes more hatred and divisiveness.”
Likewise, according to Mic – News, part of the argument is that Red Lobster’s affiliation with Beyoncé makes the restaurant chain look “bigoted.” However, like Deeva mentioned, most of these Red Lobster commentators probably haven’t heard the song and are just going off “hearsay.”
Attention reports that these Red Lobster antagonizers say that Beyoncé’s lyrics condone and promote cop-killing. Yet, this interpretation or “analysis” proves that this particular demographic of Red Lobster opposition has not listened to the words and have a skewed perspective on the video’s meaning.
The video is an empowerment call to those within black culture to appreciate themselves, their heritage, background, and not forget the struggles the United States has put blacks through over the years. Black history is still American history, yes? And in black history, a lot of injustices have taken place — even in recent times with police brutality cases, such as Sandra Bland.
The video, as well as the song, brings awareness to the gravity of the situation in America — even dating back to Hurricane Katrina events, when the nation referred to black, New Orleans residents as “refugees,” rather than citizens.
The song isn’t “anti-cop.” It’s not “anti-white.” It’s “pro-black.” And “pro-black,” without any violent undertones or overtones, is just pride for and honor in the culture and heritage. National Public Radio (NPR) calls Beyoncé’s song a “visual anthem.” It’s a wake up call for blacks to unite — not for violent or malicious purposes, but for the sake of the ethnicity as a whole.
There’s been enough black-on-black crime, black incarcerations (just and unjust), and failed families throughout the United States’ history. So, “Formation” is an awareness call. And, Red Lobster recognizes that point.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments.