Right-wing pundit and former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro was ridiculed online after posting a video of himself purchasing a single plank of wood at Home Depot to push back against activists calling for a boycott over the company’s apolitical stance on Georgia’s new voting law.
On Tuesday, a coalition of Black faith leaders in the state representing over 1,000 churches, called for a boycott of Home Depot, claiming the Georgia-based company had failed to be a good corporate citizen by not opposing the state’s new voting law.
“We don’t believe this is simply a political matter,” Bishop Jackson, who led the call, said in an interview. “This is a matter that deals with securing the future of this democracy, and the greatest right in this democracy is the right to vote.”
Home Depot, Mr. Jackson said, “demonstrated an indifference, a lack of response to the call, not only from clergy, but a call from other groups to speak out in opposition to this legislation.”
Other Georgia-based corporations like Coca-Cola and Delta have strongly opposed the state’s new law, while Home Depot opted to largely stay silent on the topic.
In response to calls to boycott Home Depot, Shapiro uploaded a video to Instagram urging his followers to shop at their local Home Depot.
“As you can see, I just went shopping at Home Depot,” Shapiro says in the clip while he holds a plank of wood and a receipt outside a Home Depot location. “You should do the same. This wood, this board, this magnificent piece of poplar is now mine.”
Shapiro’s video has mainly earned him a wave of mockery online, with some congratulating him for spending $4 dollars to save the corporation.
“How is this not satire?” one commenter asked.
the context doesn’t help pic.twitter.com/g7bUt1Lvwe
— Piper Ramsey-Sumner (@cbfplr) April 22, 2021
— Ryan Sawyer (@ryansawyerh) April 22, 2021
That’s like $4?
— Tyler el creador (@teottoson) April 22, 2021
He’s got more wood in the hand then he does in his pants
— Global Citizen (@Rachea) April 22, 2021