Patagonia boycots Wyoming ski resort for owners’ GOP event
Outdoor gear and apparel company Patagonia has stopped selling its merchandise at a Wyoming ski resort to protest owner sponsorship of a Republican fundraiser featuring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and d ‘other main supporters of former President Donald Trump
Well known for decades for its outspoken support for progressive causes and environmentalism, Patagonia has in the past garnered unwanted attention on Facebook and Instagram and the Outdoor Retailer shows in Salt Lake City.
Now, the company’s activism could cause problems – at least among left-wing skiers – for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A major tourist destination in Wyoming, the resort known for its bright red gondola carriage and logo with a silhouetted horse and rider is among the best-known brands of one of the most Republican states.
“We join with the local community who are using their voice to protest. We will continue to use our company to advocate for tougher policies to protect our planet, end hate speech and support voting rights and a strong democracy, ”Patagonia spokesperson Corley Kenna said on Wednesday.
The boycott, first reported by WyoFile, means Patagonia products will not be available at three stores in the resort, which Kenna said were Patagonia’s largest account in Jackson Hole.
Resort owners Jay and Karen Kemmerer co-sponsored the August 5 GOP fundraiser in Jackson Hole with Greene, a Georgia congresswoman suspended from Twitter for allegedly spreading disinformation about COVID-19. Greene called the attack suspension “communist style”.
There was also Representative Jim Jordan, from Ohio, and Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff. Admission started at $ 2,000 per couple.
The event drew a small group of curbside protesters, some with signs that read “Hey JHMR, Your Greene Linen Shows” and “JHMR Pass Betrayal of Funds?”
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been a ski industry leader in recycling and reducing energy consumption and will continue to offer “world class brands” in its stores, President Mary Kate Buckley said Thursday in a press release.
“We are proud to be the largest 100% functioning hill station today. We will remain focused on operating a world class hill station and protecting the health and safety of our customers and employees, ”Buckley said.
Patagonia, based in Ventura, Calif., Would reconsider its boycott if the owners of the resort demonstrate “a commitment to a healthy planet and healthy communities,” Kenna said Thursday.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is in Teton County, one of two counties in Wyoming that preferred Joe Biden to Trump in the 2020 election. Biden won Teton County with 67% of the vote; Trump won the state with 70%.
Teton County is also home to Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney Trump pledged to help defeat Liz Cheney in 2022 for voting to impeach him for his role in the January 6 at the United States Capitol.