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Kawasaki dumps ‘Apprentice’ over Trump ties

Japanese motoring company Kawasaki says it is severing ties with “The New Celebrity Apprentice” due to the reality television series’ ongoing connection to President-elect Donald Trump.
"Once we understood the concerns of American citizens, we have taken the approach of agreeing not to participate in the show in the future as long as Mr. Trump is involved as an executive producer,” Kawasaki spokesman Kevin Allen told Reuters during a Wednesday telephone interview.
"How could we support a show that was essentially created by Mr. Trump and who was still involved?'” Allen added. "The concerns from our own customers, as well as the #grabyourwallet campaign, did seize the attention of our executives.”

Kawasaki’s decision, Reuters said, follows a “The New Celebrity Apprentice” episode last Sunday in which contestants were asked to design a marketing campaign for a new motor bike from the company.
Allen admitted Wednesday that Kawasaki had faced pressure since the episode aired from the #grabyourwallet social media campaign, an initiative urging consumers to stop shopping at about 70 companies that do business with Trump or his family.
It also targets businesses that advertise on “The New Celebrity Apprentice” or donated to Trump’s 2016 White House bid.
Trump’s executive producer credit on “The New Celebrity Apprentice” first appeared*during the show’s season premiere earlier this month.
The Jan. 2 episode featured actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) making his debut as Trump's replacement on the show.
Variety reported last month that Trump’s executive producer credit would likely garner him a low five-figure fee per episode, which would be paid by MGM, the show’s production company, rather than NBC.
Trump’s continued involvement in the program, which he started in 2004, has not been without controversy, however.
Critics charge Trump’s ongoing link to the series is one example of possible conflicts of interest between the president-elect and his vast business empire.

Kawasaki dumps ?Apprentice? over Trump ties | TheHill



I think this is a big mistake for Kawasaki, caving after their show aired already. There is a lot of people in fly-over country that might be upset about this. Kawasaki will have managed to piss off both sides of this issue.

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Cool, one more reason to buy another Kawasaki!

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The last episode of "Apprentice'' was a sh!t show. I won't be watching it again until they change participants.

When was the last time you walked into a dealership to buy a motorcycle from a "drag queen''.... really ??



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What a joke...they dump advertising because of the bike contest not because of trump IMO

and if the true reason is because of Trump....fuck Kawi, why didn't they boycott sales to the us when odummer was in power ruining the country?

So sick of the stupid being able to pressure big companies into submission.........

I do agree the president should have zero connection to any business! that is conflict of interest for sure---his only business when president should be running the country effectively!

But.......all of this seasons shows were filmed pre his presidency..so no conflict on his "executive producer" status for those IMO
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I'm watching this episode now. I'm either going to be really happy...or never wanna see a celebrity near a Kawasaki ever.

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Um, hey guys... false alarm:

Kawasaki Will Not Pull Sponsorship on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

It was on the Internet so it must be true.

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"Throughout its 50-year history in the United States, Kawasaki Motor Corp., USA, its subsidiaries and affiliates, have remained neutral in regards to American politics," the Japanese motoring company said in a statement on its website.

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It was on the Internet so it must be true.

Thanks for the post.
Of course it was true, That's why someone got fired.




the employee who told Reuters that information was no longer with the company.

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I read that as the employee was fired before the incident and just spread false info in retaliation, but I can see where I may have read it wrong. Either way it would appear that either it wasn't true, or was true and they reversed their decision.

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I read that as the employee was fired before the incident and just spread false info in retaliation, but I can see where I may have read it wrong. Either way it would appear that either it wasn't true, or was true and they reversed their decision.

Kawasaki... at least in the U.S., certainly has no heart & soul off a Ninja. Instead, come off as corporate stuges.True, they should have stayed the F_c- of any public involvement what so ever with regard to National politics. Their employees, including executives, are free to spend their personal capital supporting whomever they please. But, they - U.S. Kawasaki - will have dealers, and their respective employees, as well as customers from 'both sides of the aisle' that will, 1) find fault with the former action; 2) find fault with the latter action; 3) both!

Instead Kawasaki of America have revealed they have the heart of a Rhode Island Red, and the soul of dew. Since they lack conviction, they then showed the cerebral prowess of chanterelles by about-facing. Vapid uniks.

U.S. Kawi, if you're lurking: Grow a F-ing brain, then grow 'a pair.' You shout your collective idiocy by weighing into an area that is not of your concern, then spouting your 'corporate mouth.' If they didn't care for the new President's politics/moral make up then they should have withdrawn their advertising with no comments. First rule of business/gambling is: don't bid against one's self.
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I don't know. I personally don't think you can read that much into it, or read anything at all into it. The story came from someone who is no longer with the company and that's really all we know, unless there was more news out there than just that one little blurb we've seen so far. Either way it's way low on my give o crap o meter. I'm so friggin' tired of hearing about politics. I had to stop watching the news over 6 months ago, I had to put a facebook filter up to filter out all the bullshit, and here we sit on a motorcycle forum discussing politics. I can't get away from it.
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