Friday, January 18, 2013

7 Hippie Companies That Aren't As Liberal As You Think

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently ticked off a lot of his grocery chain's customers when he decided to compare Obamacare to "fascism" during an interview with NPR. But he's not the first CEO to have alienated a left-leaning customer base -- not by a long shot. Check out some other dust-ups below:

Whole Foods

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey wrote in January 2013 that Obamacare wasn't a form socialism -- as he had called it in 2009 -- but "more like fascism."

Urban Outfitters

Despite being known for edgy and controversial clothing, Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne's support of anti-gay marriage presidential candidate Rick Santorum led to a boycott, according to the Washington Post.

Lululemon Athletica

Yoga apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica may have annoyed some of its more egalitarian customers when it included a quote from Ayn Rand's famously pro-capitalist novel Atlas Shrugged on its bags, the New York Times reported. Founder and chairman Dennis J. Wilson is a known fan of the book.

New Balance

New Balance customers ran a petition on after Chairman Jim Davis donated $500,000 to pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future. New Balance's CEO released a statement in response, reaffirming the company's support of gay marriage.


The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a popular destination for forward-thinking music lovers, but the brand ran into some hot water when Philip Anschutz, head of its parent company AEG, made a $50,000 donation to a Boehner-linked Super PAC, according to ThinkProgress.


TOMS shoes founder and CEO Blake Mycoskie found himself called out after speaking at an event hosted by Focus on the Family, an anti-abortion group. Mycoskie later claimed he was unaware of the "full extent of Focus on the Family's beliefs."

Ex-CEO of Bob Parsons caused a controversy when he uploaded a video of himself hunting an elephant. He was replaced as CEO shortly after.

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