PHOTO: The travel ban has reached its boycott Hawaii phase. (Photo via Flickr/Nan Palmero)
Twitter, always a sphere of great nuance and sophistication, has seen the rise of the hashtag #BoycottHawaii.
For those previously residing in a cave, a café without internet or Kellyanne Conway’s poolhouse, let’s catch you up: TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli reports the Trump administration faced its second roadblock for its latest travel ban. Unfortunately for the White House, sequels don’t tend to fare all that well out of the gate.
In this case, a district court in Hawaii followed a federal judge in Washington state by blocking the executive order known as travel ban 2.0.
The fact that a Hawaiian district court found fault with the latest order means opponents have decided to boycott Hawaii and all the state and its culture encompasses. Presumably, this means there will be an extra box or two of those amazingly delicious Hawaiian Host macadamia treats at your local Costco. You may even get a dirty look if you offer a “hang loose” sign.
And by all means, stay clear of your now polarizing thoughts on “Moana.”
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As you might imagine, Trump supporters' call to boycott paradise hasn’t quite had the effect that the hashtag purveyors intended. In fact, reading through Twitter will have you laughing right up until an interesting thought crosses the transom of your mind: I haven’t been to Hawaii in a while.
In the spirit of equal time, here are some tweets from the other side of things:
But really, here's what plenty of us are thinking:
As you might imagine, the hashtag has done more to muddy the waters: One side thinks the other is remarkably in the wrong. And we are here just dreaming of the day that we get to travel to a place like Hawaii.
Thankfully, there is no better place in the world to handle such a controversy. Whether you are for the ban or against it, simply look your fellow man in the eye and say “Aloha.”
You will get your point across no matter what side of the argument you are on.