NROP: Goya – Cancel Culture Continued.

Whenever I use a prompt to jump-start my creative writing, I play a game of association. When given a prompt (a word or a phrase), Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch Literary Community, tells their readers to “go where the prompt leads you.” Every week, when the submitted stories are published, you are able to see how different people took the prompts in different directions. It phenomenally showcases the fact that we do not always think of the same thing when presented with a word.

Yes, this is a NROP (News Related Opinion Piece). Why am I talking about my CW (Creative Writing) posts then? The explanation is simple – today, I invite you for a quick game of association. Close your eyes if it makes it easier for you to come up with associations. Not yet, though. How would you know what the prompt is? Unless you are having this post read to you. In that case, cool beans.

As you might have guessed from the title, the buzz word of the day is…

Goya

Do not overthink it!

What was the first thing that popped into your mind when you saw/heard the word ‘GOYA’?

The first association that I thought of was: “painter.”
Francisco Goya was a Spanish painter who lived at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. His life was not easy. His wife mad multiple miscarriages, and only one of their children survived long enough to enter adulthood. A mysterious illness left him deaf before the turn of the century, which began the era of his darker work. He also suffered a stroke later in life.

The cover photo is one of his more famous paintings. If you do not know it, you might know one of those below.

Goya might be the father of “the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art.

The clothed Maja

This is a more PG-rated version of the nude painting that was commissioned by Manuel Godoy, who was the First Secretary of Spain back in the day.

If you do not know that painting, chances are that you are aware of the more outrageous one, entitled: “Saturn Devouring His Son.”

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Saturn Devouring His Son [Source: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1150997]

Yep? Rings a bell?

If the painter is not who you thought of when faced with “GOYA,” you might have thought of the brand that sells various Latino products like beans and spices. I believe I have a can of Goya black beans in my kitchen as we speak.

However, before we start talking about the above, I want to also let you know that goya is what some people call a bitter melon. I have watched a variety of cooking shows throughout the years, and I have never heard anyone refer to a bitter melon as “goya.” I wonder if there is some conflict related to the brand… I have never tried a bitter melon, but I sure hope to do just that at some point during my life.

Goya (i.e. bitter melon)

With the ability for anyone to post anything on social media, it has become easier to share your opinions with people miles and miles away from you. You have a better chance of filling up your bandwagon when you share your goal with millions of people (the Internet) rather than just in real life (handful). Since we are heard animals, we like to join others on their varied quests. Even though people around you might think you are crazy to say or do something, you can bet a lot of money on the fact that someone on the Internet will think you are a genius.

“Cancel culture” is becoming more and more popular by the day. In layman terms, it is a trend that has people boycotting a certain product/company often due to a recent controversy. In today’s day and age, the controversy most often occurs when a company’s owner (or someone else high up on the ladder) speaks in favor (or against) of a political figure. It might also happen if they voice their opinion on a hot-topic social issue.

It is Goya, the company, and not the painter or the fruit that is being “canceled.” Robert Unanue, the CEO of the company said he supported the current president of the U.S. – Donald Trump. Speaking in favor of him leads to a sure issue, which sometimes makes me wonder: “Why do people keep doing this to themselves?” But, then I quickly realize that if they stopped, the opposition would succeed in silencing the proponents of the President. Whether you like him or not, I strongly believe in your right to express your opinion without negative repercussions. What is next? Losing your job because you prefer vanilla to chocolate ice cream?

In an interview with FOX, Robert Unanue said:

“There are those that are born to love and to build, and others to hate and destroy.”

Fox

He was speaking about the two different groups in our great nation – those that are still supportive of Goya and those that are boycotting the brand due to recent developments. What an absolutely powerful quote, I think. We see way too many examples of such divisions.

I have used Goya’s seasoning in the past, not because I am Latino (like many of them do), but because I enjoyed the flavors. Is it healthy? No, but it did help infuse a bit of flavor to dishes I made. I.e., It did its job.

The author of a Yahoo article on the topic of the Goya boycott wrote that they are disappointed to learn that the leader of the brand they loved so much did not love them back. Because he approves of someone you do not? Good luck finding a life partner, then… Chances are that there is always something you will not agree on.

I wonder how many of those boycotting the brand know why the CEO spoke out in approval of the President. He did not just wake up one day and decide to Tweet his support. No, he did so while he visited the White House when the Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative was announced.

What many overlook during a product boycott are the low-level employees. Your mission is to show the big shots that they need your support and that you can make or break them. Sure, they might lose a little bit of money here and there, but the truth is that before it impacts them, you can bet that it will hurt many employees.

It is your prerogative to buy or not to buy something based on a factor not related to the product’s quality or price. However, ask yourself a few questions first. Do you want the average citizen to lose their job? To not be able to support their families? Will that make you feel like you are making a difference?

  • What was the first thing that popped into your head when you heard me say, “GOYA?”
  • Have you ever tried bitter melon? If so, how was it?
  • Do you buy Goya products?
  • What do you think about people boycotting various products or companies due to political affiliations?
  • Have you refused to buy something just because the owner of the company openly supports a presidential candidate you disagree with?

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  1. the first thing I thought was a post I read the other day about people boycotting walmart and… Wendys? I think, and at the end of the post, Goya was mentioned too. I believe in people’s right to feel the way they feel, to have an opinion, even if that opinion falls into the minority category. I don’t live in the US, but I know people who support Trump, and I know people who don’t. So what do I do? I don’t talk politics. I think I would boycott something made by a company who supports something like child abuse, pollution, or whatever, you get my point. Last year, I remember this author who said something on social media people didn’t agree, and as a result was subjected to thousands of 1 star reviews from people who didn’t even read, or buy her book. I remember I didn’t agree with what she had said, but I didn’t see the point of virtually attacking her. Imagine a world where everyone thinks the same, feel the same, talk the same?
    Btw, that one about “Saturn devouring his son” rings a bell!

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    1. I think Walmart is old news. I almost forgot about it. It just goes to show how everything here changes from day to day. Today you can be a hero. Tomorrow, you will be the worst person ever. Next week, you might just be an average person. You never know.

      Yup, I wrote a post about her. It was absolutely insane. I put myself in her shoes and almost wept. All that hard work for nothing. How unfair?

      I’m glad it did ring a bell!

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  2. I’d heard of both brands, painter, beans.
    If a forklift operator loves Drumpf, then so what? If a CEO (with power and persuasion to direct funding of a corporations charity) loves Drumpf? Whole other story. Corporations drive lobbying. Lobbyist drive laws. Corporate support of a despot is grounds for boycott.

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    1. What about bitter melons?

      Hmmm… interesting point of view. You definitely articulated it better than most of those who claim they boycotted Goya.

      Verbal support, however, does not always have to translate into actions (donations).

      But say that it does. Why is it that one side is OK to do it while the other isn’t? Do you think people should boycott every company that speaks out against what they themselves believe in? What about companies that try to stay out of the limelight to not get hurt? Some try to call them out by saying silence is an agreement.

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      1. Bitter melons? I’d only heard of them from the Youtuber WierdExplorer; no equating to goya though.

        Imagine ShitForBrains Drumpf standing up next to the Pope and declaring Catholicism the best religion. The Pope is CEO of the Church and I’m pretty sure at least half the world’s population denounces the Church. I denounce the Church for its beliefs and lies. Even if the Church makes no donations to the RNC (doubtful) a figurehead of a brand claiming allegiance to anything is the greatest form of advertisement, don’t you think?

        Government (politics) has no business endorsing any business or religion entity. And those entities that openly support a government offer themselves up for ridicule and ostracization. Imagine if the CEO of Campbell’s Soup supported North Korea?

        As for business political silence? Golden. Capitalism is its own criminal ideology and should probably be judged on that alone.

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        1. I think it’s stretching things a bit.

          I found this interesting website that shows donation splits. Most donated money actually goes to democrats than republicans. Also, it’s not that organizations are donating per se but individuals that are a part of those churches. https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=w05 Biden received more donations than Trump in the past year from various church individuals.

          Are you saying that people are influenced by advertisements? Of course! That’s why we buy certain toilet paper. That’s why we eat at specific restaurant, etc. You catch my drift. Is the advertising world evil? Of course! BUT – it’s up to you. You can watch the ad and then go and buy a product from a different company. Goya’s CEO is not holding a gun to your head, telling you to vote for Trump. It’s your choice. We have free will. And if someone is that easily swayed that a single sentence of support will change their mind, then… it’s on them. Why is it that we cry about it when such people go against our opinions and believes but when they sway towards our side of the field, we take them in like lost ducklings that came back home?

          If the CEO is Campbell’s Soup supported North Korea, I’d shrug it off. There probably would be some sort of investigation into them to see if nothing nefarious is going on, but other than that… who cares? What is he doing? Is he sneaking in intel? Is he working on nukes? No? Well, then let him have an opinion.

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          1. Streeeeeeeetch.

            … influenced by advertisements… yet, we have free will… yet, we are influenced… We might have free will but forces exist to bend it. And government should not be one of those forces.
            I believe there is a line of notoriety that gets crossed with regards to “influencer” status. As soon as you cross that line, your opinions are no longer just your own. You, for good or ill, adopt a duty which you must bear responsibly, at least as far as society’s best interests are concerned.
            https://anonymole.com/2017/11/14/celebrity-responsibility/

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            1. By stretch I meant the whole President and Pope and donations and endorsements.

              That’s exactly what I was trying to say – that most people choose not to exercise their free will. They are too easily swayed. Is that my fault? No. It’s theirs.

              And why shouldn’t the government be trying to influence us? Are we going off the deep end here and talking about the morality of covert influence? It’s a whole other topic.

              Thank you for sharing that post. I did read it and left a comment.

              I totally disagree with your statement regarding your opinion not being your own. Unless you say: “Joe, Jane, and I…,” you speak entirely for yourself. If you are a CEO of a company that hires thousands of workers, chances are that you don’t know what all of them think. Heck, I don’t think you always know what 5 people in your team think on some of the more sensitive topics.

              But if I agreed with you… then, wouldn’t we all argue about what “society’s best interest” really is? Isn’t that very subjective?

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              1. If all humans were perfectly rational and intelligent then I agree that their opinions would be theirs and theirs alone. But humans are neither.
                Consider children, brain washed throughout their childhood, taught the earth is flat, that gods of some kind rule a heaven and hell, that there exist “alternative facts”, fake news is a legitimate label for media and that vaccines are evil. Figureheads, throughout their lives, influenced their worldview.
                I’d like to think that such youth grow up and attain a rational view of the world, but I’d be fooling myself.
                As a member of society that prefers truth to lies wouldn’t I want to try and ensure that figureheads that peddle obvious deceit are suppressed or at least exposed as liars?
                Society’s best interest is the single purpose of government. When members of government erode that purpose, as decided by a majority, then those members and all who support them (CEOs, etc.) are subject to removal, derision and boycott. Equally, if a CEO uses his station and company’s capital to erode society through the support of corrupt officials, then the same economic weapons should be wield against them to, again, further society’s common good.
                A majority of subjectivity creates society’s standards of what “best interest” means, no?
                (Fun chat!)

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                1. I agree that this world is less than ideal. Therefore, I do whatever is in my power to inspire logical, independent thinking. I would totally prefer that everyone told the truth but like you said – the world is not perfect. You cannot ban people from lying. Lies and deceit will always happen. But you can teach some to tell the truth and to be inquisitive.

                  Totally. But that’s just that. There will always be someone who thinks the government isn’t acting up to their standard (whoever is in charge). That, however, does not mean that they are 100% right while the others are 100% wrong.
                  (Yes, thank you for engaging!)

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  3. Great, great, great article. Thank you for leading the way in thinking critically about these types of issues. I think one of the most disturbing things about Cancel Culture is that it presents a double standard: “everyone should be able to express their opinions and support of political figures/movements… unless you think ____ or support _____.” What they’re really saying is that you can only express thoughts that align with a certain viewpoint.

    On a more philosophical/anthropological note, I think the very term “Cancel Culture” shows how flippantly people have come to view others’ opinions and enterprises. Don’t like a celebrity’s opinion? Cancel them! Don’t like the political views of one individual at a company? Cancel the whole business! It’s as if people think that they have the right to hit the “backspace” button on someone else’s livelihood or (in some cases) existence because that person does not agree with them. Inconvenient as it may seem, there is no backspace button in life. You cannot simply cancel a person and remove every trace of them from society. And yet that is what some are trying to do with certain historical figures, which is also quite disturbing.

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    1. Absolutely! The views of “the others” are always so extreme/terrible. Or so the other side claims, trying to argue why they’re trying to silence some.

      I love your pondering on “cancel culture.” Totally! That’s what makes me sick. Someone could have been the most remarkable in one thing but then, he did something else that wasn’t even considered anything bad back then, and now… vanished. Erased.

      Like I said in a response to someone on a different post. Even if someone was to invent cure for every cancer, they should not feel like a hero. Chances are they drove a car at least once in their lives. A couple hundred years into the future, people might REALLY hate that. Cancer will be long forgotten, so no more hero.

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  4. I’ve never heard of Goya (the product) and I can’t understand why people would boycott a product because the man in charge said something positive about the president of the United States. I must be missing something… or has the world gone completely crazy?

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    1. I don’t think you’re missing anything. Well, hopefully, you’re missing on at least some of the drama taking place in this part of the world. (I’m honored to be able to bring it closer to you sometimes, though. ;))

      That’s the sad truth. The world is going INSANE!

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  5. Once a colleague and I were listening to the radio.
    When a Michael Jackson song came up, he quickly turned it down.
    He said he doesn’t want to support someone who did such horrible things.
    He told that if I continue listen to his songs, I am basically supporting child molestation.
    Super.

    Why do people only pay attention to the CEO??
    It’s like the thousands of other employees don’t even matter…….

    Now there is an extreme side of me towards this subject.
    I have decided to not pay for health insurance at this point.
    I am simply not impressed by the doctors here and mad about the way I have been treated.
    If something happens I am probably screwed, but that doesn’t change my mind
    (So yeah healthcare IS NOT for free here so people can stop spreading those fairy tales)

    That Saturn painting is pretty scary yet cool in a way.
    I remember you once wrote a blog about modern art which was a bit disturbing.
    I need to find it again.

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    1. I remember my cousin secretly listening to Michael Jackson baaaaack in the day because our parents thought he was a bad person/bad influence. From the song, you couldn’t tell, but you bet that once we knew he was “bad,” my cousin tried to seek it out even more.

      Now, imagine the government telling you that you have to buy insurance or pay a fine (like it was here for a few years)…

      Yes. Absolutely scary but cool. Do you think it was my CW piece that you mentioned? https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/cw-you-wont-forget-part-2/ (There is link to part 1 in that post)
      I don’t remember anything else…

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      1. I personally don’t connect the music to the artist.
        Otherwise there would be no song or movie to listen/watch to.
        We might as well flush the entire entertainment industry down the drain.

        Well, that is one way of earning money.
        Police spending the Sunday looking for cars to write parking tickets is another.

        Though that CW was awesome, it’s not the one I meant.
        It was about a fellow blogger who referred you to their art or something like that. I can’t seem to find it

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  6. I didn’t know Goya was a painter or bittermelon or company. Not a fan of the cancel culture at all. Think it’s pretty toxic in many ways. You make some good points especially about companies and the employees. Everyone is allowed an opinion and have to be able to be fine with other people having different ones than you. I think cancelling prevents discussion which prevents people from learning and understanding. Good food for thought in this one 👍

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    1. Glad to be able to bring some knowledge to you, then 🙂

      I totally agree with your opinion regarding toxicity. People keep saying that hate is bad. We need to love and accept. And then they turn around and hate…

      Very well said. You know how when parents tell you to do something/ or not to do something, psychologists recommend that they explain WHY. That they talk to their kids and communicate WITH them (not just to them). So why are we insisting on giving adults orders?

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  7. True, people don’t think about how their actions affect others long-term.
    A caller to a radio talk show shared about how he heard the taxes on the rich were going to be substantially increased, and he thought “Ha! Serves those rich *#$%s right!” Then it occurred to him that his job was in jeopardy, since he worked in a factory that made yachts …

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      1. Just after I wrote that comment I heard something on the radio about that very thing that was broadcast years ago! It was actually a raise in taxes on luxury items like yachts.(!) You’d think the guy would have caught on right away, before he even thought to gloat. (*eye roll*)

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  8. I wonder how many people are actually refusing to buy Goya products? How significant of a dent is it making in their bottom line? Does the backlash anti-boycott/free publicity make up for the people who are actively boycotting the company? How are you supposed to keep track of all the companies that are cancelled?

    Btw, I really appreciate your writing on this subject.

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    1. Yes, it would absolutely be curious to find out if all this (and if so, then how) impacted the company’s profits.

      I almost laughed at your question. In a reply to someone else I wrote that I can no longer keep track of all the companies/people that are being cancelled almost every day.

      Btw, I really appreciate your reading and commenting on this article.

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      1. You bet. A coffee roasting company in my town recently decided to cancel themselves and change their name. Everyone I have talked to about it is totally confused and doesn’t understand the reasoning behind it, but I think it’s possible that they come out ahead as a result due to the fact that that their coffee is generally marketed towards socially conscious, trendy hipsters.

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        1. I see.
          Remember my post about Lady Antebellum changing the name to Lady A? I’m not sure if you’re aware but there’s been so much drama regarding this. Long story short – a black artists that’s been performing under the name Lady A for decades is suing them and saying that she’s not gonna roll over. The white will not destroy the black. Why the band didn’t research enough before the announcement? Not sure. But that’s what you get for trying to distance yourself from racism – you get deeper into it. LOL

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  9. I first thought of the beans. I use Goya Beans and I am not going to stop using them because he likes a certain president. If we live in a free country (Canada or the US), then freedom of speech is one of the things we cherish. If he had done something really bad in his labour practises, that is another issue.

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  10. Yup due to vanilla ice cream. If you don’t follow me or my beliefs, if you believe trump is good which hello how can you then obviously you are sub par and your products will be below par too.

    Never heard the word before. But then I’m british. First thing I thought was it’s a female name when you said it’s a name. Guess I was wrong.

    I’m glad I don’t read the news. Like grow up. Just grow up. At least if there was a good reason for boycotting. But because you’ve different beliefs?????

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  11. What was the first thing that popped into your head when you heard me say, “GOYA?”

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I didn’t associate it specifically to anything or anyone. I vaguely thought it was someone famous, but kept plowing through your post without pausing to really consider it much.

    Have you ever tried bitter melon? If so, how was it?

    No, nor would I—I do not like anything bitter.
    Do you buy Goya products?

    I have, but it’s never been regular.

    What do you think about people boycotting various products or companies due to political affiliations?

    I’m married to someone who has always done this. I roll my eyes a lot. It’s their right to support companies with their dollars for whatever reasons they choose, but I think it’s all pretty unrealistic. Many companies are likely run by people who hold beliefs of opinions we’d disagree with, but I don’t purchase a company’s wares based on the fact that our political views, social opinions, or anything else align. The difference is that most big companies’ higher-ups know when to keep their mouths shut.

    Have you refused to buy something just because the owner of the company openly supports a presidential candidate you disagree with?

    Nope, though I do pretty harshly judge them for ruining their own sales and marketing. 🙄

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    1. I appreciate your admittance. On some level, I am weirdly pleased to know that you kept on reading anyway. Makes me feel special, a little.

      As expected, you have a pretty rational outlook on things.

      I agree with you, that sometimes you just have to shake your head at people who hurt their own sales. However, nowadays, it could go either way. Any press is good press. At least it gets people talking about you.

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      1. First, you ARE special. Though that’s not why I kept on reading—you’re pieces are always thought-provoking, so I figured you would be tying it all together and spoon feeding me the answer at some point, so didn’t bother with pausing to think at all. Would I have remembered any of those Goyas without you telling me? Maybe? But probably not. 🤣

        I strongly disagree that any press is good press, though I know many believe that until they royally screw up by saying something publicly, then spend years (or a lifetime) trying to undo the damage from a moment of weakness. Remember, I work in the legal world—I see the heavy fallout that happens once the press has moved on to the newest Friday Flub.

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