Clothing company Patagonia is being slammed on social media for praising Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia as retaliation for its election integrity law while continuing to do business with China.
“Patagonia has 13 factories in China, which has internment camps, forced labor, and literally no democracy — and that’s OK — but Georgia expanding access is just TOO FAR, MAN,” conservative radio host Dana Loesch tweeted at the company.
If @patagonia gave one actual F about voting rights they’d close their Chinese manufacturing — but that would require a sacrifice beyond this lame corporate virtue signaling. BTW — how much $ from your $129 rompers do the low paid workers in a non-voting communist country get?
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch)
April 7, 2021
“All of the people defending Patagonia manufacturing the bulk of its products in a communist country with internment camps, a country where its workers can’t vote don’t really care about ‘voting rights,’” she added.
“Are you also moving your factories out of China?” attorney Autumn Johnson tweeted.
Patagonia announced on Monday it was donating $1 million to Black Voters Matter Fund and the New Georgia Project, which are both suing to prevent a controversial new voting law in Georgia from being enacted.
Patagonia operates a store in the Chinese capital of Beijing and owns several facilities in the country. The company did say last year it is “exiting the Xinjiang region” after learning of “horrifying” reports of abuse carried out by the Chinese government against the ethnic Muslim Uyghur population.
“MLB has pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta, and we need more businesses to take a stand and we can use our business networks to expand our advocacy,” the company’s CEO, Ryan Gellert, said in the statement. “Opting to stay silent while the constitutional rights of voters in Georgia and across our country are being threatened is tantamount to supporting these unjust laws.”
Major League Baseball said last week that the 2021 All-Star Game will be played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, after pulling the game from Georgia explaining that the new voting law did not align with the league’s “values.”
Patagonia did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.