‘We just need the 1% to stop taking our land for nothing…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., slammed Oscars winner and director of “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly, for crediting Shinola, a Detroit-based luxury watch company, with the city’s recent economic growth.
“Say what? Please stop with this disrespectful & hurtful narrative that we 1) need saving & 2) that billionaires are the ones to do it,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter. “We just need the 1% to stop taking our land for nothing + shifting our tax dollars towards for-profit development that makes them richer.”
Say what? Please stop with this disrespectful & hurtful narrative that we 1) need saving & 2) that billionaires are the ones to do it.
We just need the 1% to stop taking our land for nothing + shifting our tax dollars towards for-profit development that makes them richer. https://t.co/6pWYVCutI1
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 25, 2019
As Farrelly accepted his award for best original screenplay, he pointed to his wrist and said, “Shinola watches! Unbelievable! They’re saving Detroit!”
Liberals rushed to condemn Farrelly’s Oscar, claiming “Green Book” displays a “white savior” narrative that props up President Donald Trump’s alleged racism.
— Raquel Cepeda (@RaquelCepeda) February 25, 2019
Shinola told the Detroit Free Press that Farrelly’s shout-out was “completely unplanned and unexpected,” but thanked him, calling him “a friend of the brand for years.”
“While we are so thankful for the love we did want to make it clear that without the city of Detroit, there would be no Shinola. The city gave our brand life and it’s something we will never take for granted,” the company continued.
— Shinola (@Shinola) February 25, 2019
Detroit’s economy has suffered from Democrats’ mismanagement for years, causing most of its wealthy population to flee the city for the suburbs.
This city has begun to recover in recent years — in large part due to companies like Shinola and billionaire Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock buying up city blocks and renovating them.
This isn’t the first time Tlaib has attacked corporate interests.
Earlier this month, she said she believes CEOs should be prohibited from being president of the U.S. because they have “investments.”
“It creates conflict. They know this is a part-time gig and they’re not going to be there forever,” she said.