Social media has been abuzz with rumors that Macy’s had stopped carrying SodaStream products due to pressure from the perpetual bullies over at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This, on the heels of the absolutely nightmarish October the company is having would, on the surface, be a dramatic uppercut aimed squarely at the forehead of the staggering Israeli company.
But is all the chest-beating on the parts of the BDS bullies justified? Is this even news? The answer to both questions, appears to be no.
The latest round of rumors seems to have been kicked off by a blog post from the anti-Israel site Alernative Information Center, which was then picked up by the notoriously Israel-obsessed Code Pink who happily tweeted it out. This was followed by responses from pro-Israel site Weasel Zippers and an ensuing avalanche of disappointed social media updates.
Here’s the thing though – all the blogs seem to be using each other as sources. While everyone references a “Wall Street Journal” article, none of the sites actually linked to it. Well, we found it for you. Here’s the relevant part:
Jim Charnier, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, said he had been expecting a poor quarter because he learned early in September that Macy’s Inc had stopped carrying SodaStream and saw other negative figures from the market… Macy’s did not immediately return requests for comment.
What does that have to with BDS? Furthermore, the WSJ blog post was from nearly THREE WEEKS ago. And FINALLY, the relevant portion was from September! This is not news at all, it’s just recycling old information in an attempt to generate new hysteria.
The logic of this seems a bit ponderous as well. Macy’s, one of the few retail chains that is not perpetually going out of business, decided – all of the sudden – to cave into pressure from anti-Israel BDS bullies…but only for SodaStream products? Eagle-eyed shoppers will notice that Macy’s still proudly promotes Ahava products, which have been the target of Israel haters for years.
Here are the facts. Macy’s is a HUGE company that regularly adds and removes products from its shelves. They have not made any formal announcements about SodaStream and in fact still list their products on their site. They certainly have not acknowledged that they removed anything due to pressure from BDS bullies.
In fact, as we noted in our last post on this topic, trade with Israel has actually increased significantly since the summer. BDS targets like Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson and Neil Young are having some of their most successful years ever. It is high time we stopped rewarding bullying organizations such as the BDS movement by attributing every negative development to their efforts. Their impact on the bottom lines of celebrities and businesses who work in or with Israel has thus far never been proven.
However, if you are TRULY concerned about the health of a business or celebrity that has been targeted by the BDS bullies, you should head over to our Buycott page and show your support with a purchase of one of their products! Rather than lamenting their false success, contribute to their very real failure and show them that bullying is NOT the answer.
Snopes has now picked up on this story and has marked it PROBABLY FALSE.
I took a recent trip to my local mall and spotted this in the clearance section:
When I asked the salespeople there they did not seem to know if they were discontinuing SodaStream products entirely or just replacing them with new models. Either way, it’s clear they haven’t been wiped off the shelves. More likely, they aren’t selling well so Macy’s is making room for new products.