Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts store, has been making waves in social media after a Twitter user posted an image from its store. 

On Monday morning, the arts and crafts store trended with the hashtag #BoycottHobbyLobby on Twitter’s trending list after people’s call to boycott the store. 

The reason?

The store shows a “USA VOTE TRUMP” display. 

Twitter user, Kari Brekke, shared the post and now it garners more than 7,000 Retweets and 25,000 likes on Twitter.

Many Twitter users declared that they will stop shopping at Hobby Lobby after seeing the photo.

However, it is still not clear whether it is the store who arranged the display or a customer-supporter of US President Donald Trump. 

Some people who reacted to the trend found it absurd. 

Hank Green, a writer says, “we’re all aware that customers re-arrange these letters all the time, right?”

Green added that he would rather be outraged at the store for its “healthcare” policies against its employees. 

Jessica Lindsey pointed out that people try to boycott the store “every six months.” 

“Can we actually follow through and make it work this time?” she asked people boycotting the store.

Another Twitter user, Aliah, also pointed out how many times people try to boycott Hobby Lobby, and “failed.”

Not New To Controversies

This is not the first time that Hobby Lobby was involved in a controversy. 

In fact, the store has been involved in numerous controversies in the past. 

In the past, the arts and crafts retail store’s owner was involved in the smuggling of Iraqi artifacts into the United States.

In 2017, Hobby and Lobby paid the state a fine of more than $3 million and vowed to surrender the artifacts. 

In 2014, a court ruling allowed Hobby Lobby to opt-out of providing its employees’ health insurance that includes contraception access due to religious freedom. 

Recently, the store made news and drew flak after choosing to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s CEO, known evangelical Christian, and founder, David Green reasoned that “God is in control” for opening the store.

However, a Hobby and Lobby memo obtained by Business Insider in March shows its employees are expected to use their paid leave or unpaid leave of absence. 

There was no mention of any sick leave on the memo.


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