A Hollywood star is sticking it to Starbucks.
Actor James Cromwell — featured in films such as L.A. Confidential, Babe, and The Green Mile — recently came upon a sweet way to cream the coffee company.
As it turns out, the chain charges extra for plant-based milk.
This heated PETA member James, so he percolated a plan.
In order to stop Starbucks from choosing their preferred charging scheme, the 82-year-old glued himself to a New York City cafe’s counter — that’ll teach ’em.
From there — because, given the glue, he couldn’t do it from anywhere else — he read a prepared statement.
As reported by Harrisburg’s ABC27, he even managed to raze the restaurant as racist:
[H]e denounced Starbucks’ vegan-milk upcharge, calling it harmful to the environment and discriminatory toward those who suffer from lactose-intolerance, which affects people of color at a greater percentage, according to the National Institutes of Health.
While “situated among a group of PETA-affiliated protestors near the Starbucks register,” he posed the following:
“When will you stop raking in huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer? When will you stop penalizing people for their ethnicities, their morals?”
Racism solved? Fake milk made free? Are a staggering number of nonwhites ordering at Starbucks, demanding non-mammalian milk, and then leaving without their drink because they couldn’t afford it? Or, worse, are they still buying it with regular milk and then suffering the KKK-caused squirts?
Questions continue to drip.
Meanwhile, James and company chanted, “Save the planet, save the cows! Stop the vegan upcharge now!”
Cromwell’s no stranger to challenging the world’s ways. Though capitalism is a system in which people can own their own businesses rather than the government taking control — and despite the fact that successful actors generally own their own businesses — in 2017, he decried the “cancer” of capitalism.
In a 2018 Variety interview, he talked of violent revolution:
“This is nascent fascism. We always had a turnkey, totalitarian state — all we needed was an excuse, and all the institutions were in place to turn this into pure fascism. If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets. … [S]omething is coming up which is desperately important to this country and to this planet, and that is an election, in which hopefully in some measure we are going to take back our democracy. … We will cut through the corruption, [and] we won’t have to do what comes next, which is either a non-violent revolution or a violent one, because this has got to end.”
Perhaps 2020 solved the democracy disaster, so he’s whittled America’s issues down to expensive plant juice.
As I’ve previously written, personally, I don’t understand most protests. Even the sticky kind:
But maybe one day I will.
For the time being, although James didn’t necessarily lose his cool, he eventually became unglued:
Police officers eventually responded to the scene, telling protestors that the Starbucks district manager wanted them vacated from the property. Cromwell and John Di Leonardo, another activist who superglued himself to the counter, later unattached themselves about a half-hour after the protest began.
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