Chrissy Teigen is pushing a boycott of Goya Foods after the company’s CEO praised President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda and actor John Leguizamo echoed her calls to boycott the maker of Latino food products.
Goya CEO Robert Unanue spoke during a Rose Garden event where President Trump signed an executive order on his Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.
“Mr. President, what can I tell you? I’m so blessed to be here in the most prosperous country in the world, the greatest country in the world. And we’re so blessed to have you as our leader, as we continue to build this country and make it the most prosperous nation in the world,” Unanue said.
His remarks set off a wave of social media outrage, with calls to boycott Goya products under the hashtag #Goyaway. Politicians including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro are joining the demand for consumers to dump Goya.
Chrissy Teigen helped lead the charge, saying that she was through with buying Goya. “Don’t care how good the beans taste though. Bye bye,” she tweeted.
Teigen also addressed concerns that a boycott would adversely impact the thousands of people Goya employs, as well as the farms where the beans are grown. “I will personally do what I can to financially ensure these farms can carry on without them,” she added.
The threat of a Goya boycott prompted the White House to issue a statement on its new Twitter account @WHRapidResponse. The White House called out the “left wing mob” and noted that Goya has donated “thousands of pounds of food” to families in the Bronx and Harlem, as well as to public schools in Queens.
CEO Unanue also responded to the boycott, saying on Fox & Friends that it amounts to an attempt by the left to suppress free speech. He also noted that he spoke at a similar event under former President Barack Obama.
“You’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president but you’re not allowed when I was called to be part of this commission,” he said.
Other celebrities are joining Teigen’s call to boycott Goya products.
Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that people giving up Goya food can easily “learn to make our own adobo con pimienta.” The Broadway musical is facing its own cancel mob following accusations that the show celebrates the founding fathers, some of whom were slave owners.
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