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Every year during June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride all across the globe. But, unfortunately, woke companies will get on the train and browbeat those who disagree with the LGBT+ community.
Multinational corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Cisco, Youtube, BMW, and Lenovo change their social media page to the recognizable rainbow flag-but, not in the Middle East.
What is fascinating is how these woke capitalists will pay lip service to the LGBTQ+ community all over the world but are silent in the Middle East; a country notorious for being hostile towards this community. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens in the Middle East have limited or highly restrictive rights.
In Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, the laws state that if a person is found engaging in same-gender sexual behavior, the death penalty would be applied.
With such open hostility to the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East, why do these companies not use their influence to liberate this community? Why aren’t they protesting these countries? The answer seems to come down to money.
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These companies have no issue weighing in on voting rights in Georgia and throwing their weight around in the US, but are silent about the open hostility against LGBTQ+ people in the Middle East. The simple answer is they do not honestly care. It’s safe to voice their support in the US and UK, but not so in the Middle East. It’s not about what is right. These companies only care about the ole dollar bill—hypocrisy at its worst.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the position of ThinkCivics.com
Michael Price is a Founder and editor for ThinkCivics. He has been writing about politics, government, and culture for over a decade. He has a BA in Political Science and an Masters in Public Administration.