There is something big going on right now in the United States, that could ultimately affect the rest of the world. In a nutshell, S.O.P.A. and P.I.P.A. are pieces of legislation that will be voted on January 24. They are both proposing to change the way we view and find information online by placing blockades and censors on the internet. Presently, big sites like Wikipedia and xsparkage are shutting down to raise awareness of this act.
As a beauty blogger, I am appalled that there are makeup companies that are supporting these acts. I got this information from Klaire of Klaire de Lys, one of the bloggers and youtubers I respect the most on the web. Some of the companies supporting these acts include:
1. Estee Lauder (and probably all the other companies EL owns including MAC, Clinique, etc.)
4. Juicy Couture
Others you may be interested in: Lucky Brand Jeans, American Apparel, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Rite Aid, Sony, Disney, Tiffany & Co., Toshiba, Walmart, Zumba Fitness, and Adidas. View the complete list here.
Crazy, isn't it? As Klaire put it, these companies are essentially declaring war on bloggers, vloggers, and everyday consumers that purchase and help promote their products.
Here are some things you can do about it:
1. Unfollow these companies on Facebook and Twitter and tell them why you're doing so.
2. Write a blog post about this to help spread awareness.
3. Boycott these brands by not only not purchasing their products, but also not blogging about them (except to shame them).
4. Sign the petition to help stop these acts from going through.
It's going to hurt to not buy products from a lot of these companies, but it's for the sake of free speech!