Living in North Carolina, home of the now-watered down law formerly known as the “bathroom bill,” I’m more than familiar with coordinated leftist smear campaigns to cause maximum economic harm to a state via the use of boycotts and corporate pressure in response to that state passing a law that the woke mafia doesn’t like.
More recently, we saw such efforts by Democrats in response to Georgia’s new voting law. Dems from Sen. Raphael Warnock, failed 2018 gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, and President Biden all falsely labeled the law as Jim Crow 2.0, and their tactics – along with radical left-wing groups pressuring corporations to condemn the law, led to MLB pulling their All-Star game along with at least $100 million in projected revenue.
Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out against the Georgia law at the time, pointing out how “black people, in particular, have had to march, struggle and even give their lives for more than a century to defend that right.” Clearly, this was a human rights issue for Apple, despite years of the tech giant facing criticisms they were turning a blind eye to actual human rights abuses in China, which the company uses to produce products that have made Cook a billionaire.
Those critics have fresh ammunition to use against Cook today as a new report has been published suggesting that at least seven Apple suppliers were using Uyghur slave labor, something Apple has previously claimed wasn’t happening:
In Dec 2020, Apple's spokesman claimed that "none of its other suppliers" were using Uighur slave labor. Today, @theinformation reports that *seven* of Apple's suppliers use Uighur slaves.
— Rachel Bovard (@rachelbovard) May 10, 2021
Most of that report is beyond a paywall, but you can read more details on it here. An excerpt:
At least five received thousands of Uyghur and other oppressed minority workers at specific plants that did work for Apple, according to an investigation by human rights groups and The Information.
According to the report, evidence suggests that Advanced-Connectek, Luxshare Precision Industry, Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co., Avary Holding, AcBel Polytech, CN Innovations, and Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co. participated in the forced labor programs.
In response to the report, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken critic of hypocritical corporations like Apple virtue signaling about bathroom bills and election laws being an affront to human rights while they take advantage of cheap and in many cases forced/slave labor in China to produce products that make them fat cats, had some timely advice for Apple:
Apple needs to spend more time addressing its alleged reliance on Uighur slave labor and less time lecturing Republicans about election integrity. https://t.co/VVRZk3ghtJ
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 10, 2021
I suspect that some of the backlash against corporate involvement in setting public policy, which we learned about in a recent poll of Georgians on MLB’s decision, has to do with the fact that people are sick and tired of corporations like Nike, Apple, and others creating panic and spreading misinformation about bills they falsely claim set America back while at the same time happily living off of the fruits of China’s brutal labor market.
Cotton’s right. Corporations like Apple should really work to clean up their own houses instead of trying to intimidate state legislatures in an effort to appease wokesters who don’t give one tiny d*mn about the states they’ve converged on to wage their vindictive culture wars. Enough is enough.