After cancelling Phil Mickelson earlier in the year, the woke mob at USA Today/Golfweek wasted no time in trying to get Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell, among others, cancelled by their sponsors.
The crime? Playing in a LIV Golf tournament funded by the mass-murdering regime of communist China.
Wait. Check that. It’s the PGA Tour that partners with the totalitarian nation state of China.
I meant Saudi Arabia.
The agenda-driven headline at USA Today’s golf site reads: Golf equipment makers are silent so far on future of sponsorship deals with PGA Tour players who intend to play first LIV Golf event. The sub-headline was: It remains unclear if equipment makers will continue to support players headed to the new Saudi Arabia-backed tour.
In a July 4, 2020 speech at Mount Rushmore, President Trump summed up cancel culture best: “One of (the left’s) political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.”
The “media” is the cancel culture’s engine, who “reach out” to XYZ brand and then passively aggressively try to shame them for being associated with the targeted person under fire by the woke mob: see Jack Nicklaus, or Justin Thomas, or Lexi Thompson, or Tiger Woods, or Rory McIlroy, or whoever golfed with former President Trump.
Here’s more from Golfweek:
The LIV tour released its initial player list Tuesday evening, and as of Wednesday morning many of those players are still featured on the websites of companies such as TaylorMade Golf, Callaway Golf and Ping.
When asked by Golfweek’s David Dusek via email Tuesday night if former world No. 1 Johnson will continue to wear TaylorMade hats and use branded bags, a TaylorMade representative responded, “We have no comment to make at this time.” That response also included Sergio Garcia’s use of a TaylorMade bag. Other companies such as Ping and Adidas did not respond to initial emails seeking comment.
One sponsor of Johnson has responded. RBC Bank noted its disappointment that Johnson will play in the LIV event near London and skip the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open the same week. It was unclear in RBC’s statement if it had cut ties with Johnson.
Update: RBC did “cut ties with Johnson” and McDowell, just as Golfweek sought.