Worker Center Watch, a new website dedicated to attacking labor-affiliated activist groups like OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Center, and Fast Food Forward, initiated a list of sponsored advertisements via Twitter in attempts to smear protests planned for Black Friday.
In this video sponsored by the group, activists who are demanding a living wage and better working conditions for workers are depicted as indolent “professional protesters” who “haven’t bothered to get jobs themselves.” What’s more interesting: Worker Center Watch was registered by the former head lobbyist for Walmart, Joseph Kefauver, who was also former president of public affairs for Walmart, as well as government relations director for Darden Restaurants.
The Worker Center Watch’s message: “This Black Friday, just buy your gifts, not their lies.” In other words, don’t think about the poverty stricken employees, or that taxpayers are indirectly subsidizing WalMart executives’ inflated salaries while their workers need government assistance just to cover healthcare and food. No need to think, people! Just buy!
Watch the “ad” here: