Hollywood Boycotts That Accomplished (Little to) Nothing

5:20 PM 10/28/2015

by THR staff

The LAPD and NYPD union's boycott of Quentin Tarantino films is just one of many fruitless attempts to instigate a widespread movement.

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  • Quentin Tarantino v. NYPD, LAPD Union

    The controversial filmmaker participated in a New York rally to protest police brutality on Oct. 24. Standing in front of hundreds of demonstrators, he said, "I'm a human being with a conscience. And if you believe there's murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."

    After news of his attendance went public, the Los Angeles and New York police union's launched a boycott of Tarantino's films, stating that he "took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers."

  • Elton John v. Dolce & Gabbana

    Legendary singer Elton John began boycotting the designers after they told Italian magazine Panorama that they oppose gay adoptions and consider children born through vitro fertilization to be "synthetic."

    John, who has two sons with husband David Furnish, said in response, "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic.' And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again."

  • Montel Williams v. New York Daily News

    The talk show host voiced his outrage against New York Daily News when the newspaper captured photos of the on-camera gun shooting that left two WDBJ journalists dead and published them on its front page. Williams called the act "disgusting" and posted to his Facebook, "As a result of this, I will be boycotting the New York Daily Newsand I'm urging all of my celebrity friends to tell their publicists to do the same."

  • George Takei v. Indiana

    Takei launched a boycott of Indiana in March after governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that "allows businesses to discriminate against customers based on the proprietors’ religious beliefs." In a lengthy op-ed for MSNBC, the Star Trek star wrote, "I have called for a boycott of Indiana by companies, conventions and tourists, not only to send a clear message to Indiana, but also to help stop the further erosion of our core civil values in other parts of this country."

    Takei also demanded that GenCon, the world longest-running gaming convention held in Indianapolis each year, be moved out of the state. The 2016 convention, however, is still scheduled to take place from Aug. 4-7 in Indiana.

  • Twitter Users v. Seth Rogen

    Two weeks before Rogen's latest film Steve Jobs was set to hit theaters, the actor came under public scrutiny when he lodged a hate-tweet at Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, posting to his Twitter account, "F--- you @RealBenCarson."

    Twitter users were quick to bash Rogen, calling him a "racist" and asking other users to avoid seeing Steve Jobs and any of his other movies. Though the newly released film flopped in theaters upon release, opening to a mere $7.3 million, it was warmly received by critics and remains in the running to be an awards contender. 

  • Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard v. Magazine Publications

    Early 2014, Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard urged their fans to boycott magazines that pay for paparazzi photos of celebrity children after photos of their then 1-year-old daughter Lincoln were published without their consent.

    In a tweet, Shepard called out publications including In Touch, Us Weekly and People and pleaded, "Please boycott magazines that run pics of 'celebrity children.' They shouldn't be punished for who their parents are." Bell also separately tweeted, "I wont do interviews 4 entities that pay photogs to take pics of my baby anymore. I care more about my integrity & my values than my career." A year later, Bell has gradually participated in interviews with some of the magazines Shepard encouraged his followers to boycott.

  • James Bond Purists v. Daniel Craig

    In 2006, a group of 007 fans enraged that Craig had been chosen to replace Pierce Brosnan and portray James Bond in Casino Royale launched a website titled www.craignotbond.com to protest the casting decision and boycott Royale if EON Productions and Sony Pictures didn't accept that "they've made a big mistake."

    According to Today, the website (now inactive) stated, "EON Productions angered fans around the world when they fired Pierce Brosnan at the height of his popularity as Bond. To add insult to injury, EON cast a short, blond, odd-looking Daniel Craig in the role of Bond." Craig went on to play the agent in several of the franchise's installments.