“We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours,” Hyatt Hotels said in a statement.
In response to a campaign started by disgraced “grim reaper” lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, Loews Hotels announced last month that they would no longer be hosting a scheduled fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) in Florida on grounds that the chain was “opposed” to anyone who “supported and incited” the actions of the Capitol rioters.
“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” Loews said in a tweet at the time. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”
As CPAC got underway a few days ago in Orlando, Florida, leftists who apparently just figured out that the annual conservative conference was being held at the Hyatt Regency took to the Twitter machine to demand Hyatt cancel hosting the event, suggesting that if Hyatt didn’t meet their demands they’d be boycotting their hotels in the future.
Those calls escalated this weekend when Twitter leftists began making idiotic comparisons between the CPAC stage and Nazi symbolism:
Are you okay with Nazi symbols being used on your properties?
Because if you fail to speak out & do something about this immediately, I’ll be sure to no longer patronize any of your properties ever again. #CPAC2021 #CPACstage #CPACNazi pic.twitter.com/beFauYAMwO
— Sari Beth Rosenberg (@saribethrose) February 27, 2021
On Friday, the popular hotel chain issued a statement in response to the cancel/boycott campaign, taking a decidedly different and refreshing approach to online outrage mobs by letting them know Hyatt was an “inclusive” hotel chain that believes “in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views”:
“We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment and we believe that the facilitation of gatherings is a central element of what we do as a hospitality company,” the spokesperson said. “We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours. Our own values support a culture that is characterized by empathy, respect and diversity of opinions and backgrounds, and we strive to bring this to light through what we do and how we engage with those in our care.”
— Nancy Levine (@nancylevine) February 26, 2021
Naturally, perpetually offended leftists like Uhlfelder, actress Alyssa Milano, and other prominent leftwing activists tried shaming Hyatt by ramping up calls to boycott them in protest:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 27, 2021
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) February 27, 2021
There were also declarations about how “the world now equates Hyatt with hate and neo-Nazism” (reality check: it doesn’t):
The world now equates @Hyatt with hate and neo-Nazism. Republicans launched the hotel chain’s new branding message at #CPAC2021. Hyatt’s hosting of anti-Semites and white supremacists, boasting a stage Hitler would have approved, is wholly offensive and will not be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/tVEUlyLZID
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) February 27, 2021
A New York Times bestselling author with the last name Hyatt but who is unaffiliated with the hotel said he’s even been targeted by the left and wants it to stop:
Some people on Twitter want to boycott Hyatt Hotels for hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). They’ve added me to the boycott simply because my last name is Hyatt. I’ve never had anything to do with Hyatt Hotels. If you’re in this group, please stop.
— Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) February 28, 2021
Conservatives praised Hyatt Hotels for having the guts to go against the grain by not bowing to the mob:
“We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment and we believe that the facilitation of gatherings is a central element of what we do as a hospitality company.” pic.twitter.com/vXZExCy0tt
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 28, 2021
Because @Hyatt stood up to the cancel mob, I will be booking them for many of my vacations in the future. Good job Hyatt
— Brandon Saario (@SaarioBrandon) February 27, 2021
Good for Hyatt! Standing firm in their decision to host CPAC. Finally, a company pushing back on the McCarthyite cancel culture! “Our own values support a culture that is characterized by empathy, respect and diversity of opinions and backgrounds.” Amen. https://t.co/XUOaIO4N79
— David Asman (@DavidAsmanfox) February 27, 2021
Perfect from Hyatt against cancel culture “We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours” https://t.co/urQpOaDauf
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) February 27, 2021
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), who in December declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, quipped about the “self-fulfilling prophecy” of leftists trying to cancel Hyatt considering the theme of this year’s CPAC event:
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) February 28, 2021
An interesting side note to all of this is who controls Hyatt Hotels:
Ironically Hyatt, though a public company, is controlled by the Pritzker family. J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic governor of Illinois. Penny Pritzker was President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce.
Obviously, with CPAC underway as of Thursday, there’s no way Hyatt would have been able to back out of hosting it even if they wanted to do so. But if they’d had any regrets, they could have tried to placate the offended left-wingers by mentioning something in their statement about how they would do a more careful review of the groups they allow to stage events at their hotels going forward.
They could have, but they didn’t. And that’s to their credit.
If Hyatt stands behind their statement, it may signal a turning point in how companies deal with coordinated attempts by the left to either cancel businesses/people and/or shut down speech they don’t like by taking away the venues conservatives can use to get their message out.
Conservatives should hope Hyatt stands firm. Because all it takes is one well-known company to start a trend, to begin the process of stemming the tide against toxic cancel culture. Goodness knows that is sorely needed now more than ever.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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