Supporters of US president-elect Donald Trump have attacked PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, for saying that her employees are worried about their safety after his election.
Nooyi, who is a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, also said that the Democrat candidate’s loss has left her daughters and PepsiCo’s employees devastated.
“Do you have a box of tissues here?”, Nooyi joked, when asked how she felt on the morning of November 9. Speaking at the New York Times Dealbook Conference a day after the results were in, Nooyi said, “I had to answer a lot of questions from my daughters, from our employees. They were all in mourning. Our employees were all crying. The question that they are asking, especially those who are not white ‘Are we safe’, women are asking ‘Are we safe’, LGBT people are asking ‘Are we safe’,” Nooyi said .
She also reacted sharply against the kind of language used for women, referring, among other things , to Trump’s offensive comments against women which surfaced in an old video and on the campaign trail. “Forget about the Pepsi brand. How dare you talk about women that way,” Nooyi said. According to Nooyi, there is no place for such language -- “not in locker rooms, not in football players’ homes, not in any place”. “If we don’t nip this in the bud it is going to be a lethal force in society,” she said.
The PepsiCo CEO also congratulated Donald Trump and emphasised that it was important for America to stand united. “The process of democracy happened, we just have to let life go on. We have to come together and life has to go on,” she said.
Trump supporters, however, took a strong exception to Nooyi’s comments and launched a full-blown social media offensive asking for a boycott of Pepsi products. Many pro-Trump accounts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter called for PepsiCo to sack Nooyi for her comments.
I am calling for a National boycott on Pepsi products.Lets hurt their https://t.co/rwW9irKOu3 Indra Nooyi came out violently against Trump.— Doug Lewis (@umpire43) November 13, 2016