Before “Cancel Culture” was a thing, there was the term “Boycott” and you’d hear it on the news or from your friends. Everyone was basically asking everyone else to “boycott this” or “boycott that”, even if it’s for the most ridiculous reasons. Sounds familiar? Exactly. While there were actually times to boycott something or someone over something problematic, many of these boycotts were just nonsense.
If a company were to be exposed of doing something extremely harmful to others then yes, by all means boycott them all you want but these individuals (for some reason) are trying to get this retail brand “canceled” for promoting that they’re selling snacks? Here’s the story:
AEON Retail Malaysia recently posted on their official Facebook page promoting that the Super Ring snacks are available in stores at all their outlets and even on their online store. “We heard a lot of people are looking for Super Rings today 😌 They’re right here at AEON or you can order them online at myAEON2go and we’ll send them over to you,” the company captioned on their post.
The post apparently sparked arguments among netizens which led the retail brand to deleting the post shortly after as it indicated that AEON was mocking a certain politician’s current legal situation. One netizen managed to screenshot the post and uploaded on their socials and called out the Japanese multinational holding company for the controversial post. Another netizen agreed with their statement.
Twitter user @mynewshub shared a screenshot of someone’s very lengthy Facebook post calling AEON out for the “offensive” Super Ring promo, citing it was a cheap marketing strategy to use a trending controversial topic. The Twitter user called on everyone to boycott the company but most netizens found the whole thing simply amusing.
For context, former Prime Minister Najib Razak posted a photo of himself enjoying Super Ring snacks when Tun Mahathir resigned as the 7th Prime Minister with the caption, “Heard someone got fired?”. The AEON post was probably meant to troll Najib after the court recently upheld their verdict against him.