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A boycott to remove Joy-Ann Reid from MSNBC

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It's time for a Joycott

Joy-Ann Reid’s recently uncovered homophobic blog posts were shocking and her ensuing apology was underwhelming. But the truth is that for many, it was the last straw after a long pattern of bigoted statements, sloppy journalism, and untrustworthy behavior.

Reid’s homophobic writings shouldn’t surprise given her history of transphobic attacks against whistleblower Chelsea Manning, alleging that she released documents exposing war crimes not on principle, but because she was “a guy seeking anarchy as a salve for his own personal, psychological torment.” This was a horrible interpretation based on her crude assessment of Manning’s sexual orientation and gender dysphoria.

Also unacceptable are Reid’s constant attempts to dismiss and discredit the rising progressive movement, of which Sen. Bernie Sanders turned out to lead. Her vendetta against Sanders is as enduring as it is bizarre. Most recently, on Twitter, she attacked Bernie Sanders with a baseless claim that he mistreats his wife. She has also endorsed a strange statement that Sanders owes his entire political career to the NRA, even though he has a D- rating with them.

And she has also attacked young progressives, going out of her way to perpetuate stereotypes about the movement that has rallied around Sanders. She has repeated the “bernie bro” myth, which treats the many women who supported him as if they’re non-existent. She has also endorsed and perpetuated the “alt-left” myth, a talking point that President Trump adopted as a talking point after a neo-Nazi murdered a leftist protester, Heather Heyer, in Charlottesville, VA.

She is at best a hack who brazenly serves the Democratic Party establishment. She constantly wags her finger to the left while abandoning journalistic integrity in the process. She repeats Democratic talking points and refuses to ever take a position against the party. She clearly doesn’t fact check. She’s made outrageous factual blunders on history bordering on hilarity, including stating that Russia is still a communist state (it isn’t) and completely mangling the fairly recent history of the former Yugoslavia, claiming it was “Soviet” and stating that Slovakia was once a part of it, both simply incorrect.

We, at Operation Joycott, are an independent assembly of progressives who consider Reid to be outright toxic to the progressive movement, a divisive and vacuous figure who contributes nothing but excuses for establishment politicians out to protect their power. Progressives need not stand for it, and we have put forward this petition including a list of Joy's sponsors to boycott, so that all progressives who share that sentiment may express their objections with not only their voices, but their wallets. The time has come for us to demand that she be immediately replaced with a more competent journalist.

And we, the undersigned, state that we are going to boycott – or #Joycott, if you will – the advertisers for AM Joy on MSNBC, provided in a list below. The Joycott will start Tuesday, December 12, and we will continue to grow after it has begun, unless Joy is removed.

The following are the sponsors of AMJoy subject to the #Joycott:

Chains and Stores

  • Ace Hardware
  • DXL clothing 
  • Golden Corral
  • Joseph A. Bank Clothiers
  • Mattress Firm
  • Mattress One
  • Men’s Warehouse
  • Panera Bread Catering
  • The Smoke House


  • Away Travel luggage
  • Bell & Howell Tac Light
  • Better Brella
  • Comfort Click belt
  • Febreze
  • Flex Seal
  • Gold Bond (body lotion)
  • GrabIt
  • Kraft Cheese
  • Microtouch razor
  • Miracle Bamboo Cushion
  • Mrs. Fields (cookies)
  • My Pillow
  • Neutrogena (skin care)
  • Peloton (exercise bike)
  • Poligrip (for dentures)
  • Sleep Number beds
  • Sock Slider
  • Stressless Furniture
  • (wine delivery)
  • Tums
  • Toppik (hair product)
  • Tuft & Needle (mattresses)
  • (work table)

Big companies

  • CA Technologies (software company)
  • Citi bank
  • Chevrolet
  • Comcast
  • Discover™ (credit card)
  • Dyson (household appliance company)
  • FedEx
  • Jeep
  • Mor Furniture
  • Toyota


  • Coventry direct Coventry (insurance)
  • Independence University (online degrees)
  • Lincoln Financial/Life Insurance
  • National Debt Relief
  • New Day USA (home loans)
  • Progressive Insurance
  • QVC
  • Sandals resorts (Jamaica tourism)
  • (financing company)
  • Sirius XM (broadcasting service)
  • Tax Solutions Now (they claim they’ll save you from the IRS)
  • TD Ameritrade (investment firm)
  • USAA (financial services)
  • Vistaprint

Pharma and medicine

  • (spray for breathing problems)
  • Biotene (gel for dry mouth)
  • Comfort Medical (catheter service)
  • Cosequin (veterinary supplements)
  • Fleet Enema
  • Harvoni (hep c medicine)
  • (an informational booklet on mesothelioma)
  • Prevagen (supplements)
  • (a cream that claims to prevent leg and foot cramps)
  • Xeljanz (arthritis)
  • Zantac (anti-stomach acid)

Entertainment and Media

  • Darkest Hour (movie)
  • Food Network: Bobby Flay
  • Golf Channel
  • Happy (show on Syfy)
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Top Chef (show on Bravo)

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