Westwood One's Phil Valentine Takes On Walmart Over Flag Flap, China Issues
June 25, 2015 at 1:32 PM (PT)
WESTWOOD ONE's PHIL VALENTINE is taking on WALMART over the retailer's decision to stop selling the Confederate flag, not because he's a fan of the flag (he isn't) but because of CEO DOUG MCMILLON's statement on CNN that "We just don't want to sell products that make anyone uncomfortable."
In an open letter posted to his website, VALENTINE, noting that he is "not a big fan of the Confederate flag although I do support people's right to own it and fly it," and adding that he supports WALMART's right not to sell the flag, pointed out that "best estimates are between and 70 and 90% of your products are made in CHINA. I do hope you're aware that CHINA is governed by a brutal communist regime that has killed millions of its own people and has enslaved or imprisoned millions more."
Citing statistics and other information about China's treatment of dissidents and control of information, VALENTINE told MCMILLON, "It's apparent that the words 'Made in China' are far more offensive than any flag could ever be. Unless, of course, that flag happens to belong to the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. Which is for sale right now where? At WALMART."
Read the open letter by clicking here.