Okay, ONE evil corporation that I know of.
So, a couple of years ago the company that makes Rockstar, a Red Bull-type drink in big cans, started giving cases of the stuff to the org during the event, just bascially dropping it off and saying "Here, have some". Obviously, they weren't doing this out of altruism but engaging in "virus marketing": trying to generate word-of-mouth, put their product in the hands of the "cool crowd" so that others would be inspired to emulate them, etc. I found this mildly annoying, but what the hey, it was free, and they made good use of the stuff as a mixer at the Media Mecca bar. Recently though, I found out some things about Rockstar that I wanted to share with y'all.
If you visited the Rockstar website, you can read that the company was founded by Russel "Goldencloud" Weiner, who's father was the great scholar and herbalist Michael Weiner, that they spent years as a family travelling throughout the South Pacific, learning all sorts of arcane herbal lore, and that Rockstar was created by Michael Weiner, who used all that arcane lore to create the stuff. What the website doesn't mention is that a few years ago Dr. Weiner dropped his new age Marin county herbalist persona and reinvented himself as radio talk show personality Michael Savage.
If you're unfamiliar with him, Savage is a right-wing shock jock who makes Rush Limbaugh seem moderate. Most recently, he was in the news after his short-lived TV show on MSNBC was cancelled after he told a gay caller:
"You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it."
Some other fun quotes from the man include:
"Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don't even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you -- I don't need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion. I don't need anyone's opinion. I'll give you my opinion, because I got a better stethoscope than those fools. It's one man's opinion based upon my own analysis. The most -- I tell you right now -- the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one. They'd like an indiscriminate use of a nuclear weapon." -radio show, May 11, 2004
"We need racist stereotypes right now of our enemy in order to encourage our warriors to kill the enemy," -San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6/03
"Liberalism is unraveling the very fabric of this great nation. And the sooner you understand that liberalism is a dangerous mental disorder, the sooner you can break free from this insanity that attacks the way you live, how you conduct your business, the way you worship, the choice of SUV you drive, the food you eat, and the very freedoms you enjoy. " The Savage Nation (P. 19)
You get the idea. The hypocracy of Burners being a target market for this family's company is particulary amusing (and somewhat sickening). So, not trying to say Rockstar is inherently evil or anything -I'd probably still drink it if it was free- but I just wanted to let everyone know where their money is going if they buy the stuff. I'm sure some people will haul out the old "He's just an entertainer" line, to which I say: Fine, give him all the money you want. I and I suspect others prefer not too.
"Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?" -Diogenes