It was less than 48 hours ago that we pointed out that "review" website Yelp was getting into the business of social justice by saying it would append a "Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert" to any businesses page where a company had been accused of racism.
"The bullshit never ends," said Donald Trump Jr., in response to the idea. "What are the odds this isn't insanely abused?" he followed up asking on Friday:
The bullshit never ends.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 9, 2020
What are the odds that this isn’t insanely abused? https://t.co/lqgwxdKynt
Well, Don, we think we have an answer for you: the odds look pretty long. That's because just 2 days after Yelp's announcement, ANTIFA has already starting compiling the names of businesses that it wants to submit to Yelp and put out of business.
As if throwing rocks through their windows and stealing from them wasn't enough.
The list is being prepared by the same ANTIFA group is that "responsible for organizing the violent Portland riots," according to the Post Millennial. In fact, Tweets from the group compiling the data suggests that ANTIFA members submit "non-friendly" businesses, "AKA any company that's hanging blue lives garbage in their store or anything else that's anti the BLM movement".
So, in essence, Black Lives Matter is now being granted the power to shut down whatever businesses it doesn't like. And remember, this is supposed to be the anti-fascist group.
In the replies to the @SafePDXProtest tweet asking for names (the account is locked) one user reported Brothers Cannabis Dispensary for "pro-cop sh*t in the windows." The dispensary hilariously replied to the user, telling them they were a minority owned business and that the "pro-cop" stuff in the windows was nothing more than a Portland Police Alarm permit.
My Dawg, We're one of the few minority owned business with mostly minority employees. What Pro-cop thing are you talking about? Are you referring to this portland police alarm permit we are required to display since day one? pic.twitter.com/BHRPgcYFUm— Brothers Cannabis (@broscannabis) October 9, 2020
Small Pharaoh's Falafel was also targeted for having a sign hanging up that said - among many other things - "Trump 2020".
"F**k the racism, f**k the media, f**k the press," the rest of the sign says. "If we are looking for peace and justice, we should have some respect and morals."
Small Pharoah’s pic.twitter.com/tifNeQehhm— hauntifa haunt dog 👻🌭 (@666hotdogs666) October 8, 2020
Hollywood Beverage and Liquor was also targeted by the group. The "oldest liquor store" in all of Oregon, which has been around since 1934, drew the ire of ANTIFA when a Trump flag was spotted hanging in the office of its owner. Its owner, Dan Miner, had posted on social media over the summer: "The sole redeeming aspect of the oppressive mandate to wear a mask is the great number of times a day I pull it off and appreciate the smell of freedom."
Conservative columnist Rita Panahi pointed out what we suggested in our first article about Yelp's practices - that they would essentially be used for extortion (a business model Yelp is allegedly familiar with already). She wrote: "Businesses are going to be coerced into supporting certain groups to avoid being targeted. It’s tantamount to extortion."
Meanwhile, Yelp has already openly admitted that the new feature is being implemented to appease the Black Lives Matter movement: "The new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert is an extension of our Public Attention Alert that we introduced in response to a rise in social activism surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement."
Great work in saving the world, Yelp.
Meanwhile, anyone else in the mood for falafel?