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March 06, 2003

Killing Vivendi Giving up French

Killing Vivendi

Giving up French wine, cheese and Perrier is easy. It's even having an effect, but how much are you really willing to do to boycott the French? Are you willing to do the stuff that's actually hard to do? Can you boycott the largest company in France? Can you boycott Vivendi?

It would mean giving up the Sci-Fi channel, and the USA network.

That's right, Les Chameau own USA. Vivendi owns dozens of companies.

It would mean not buying games from Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra, and Universal Interactive, and not going to Universal Studios the next time you were in Orlando.

It would mean refusing to buy books published by Houghton Mifflin, or cd's from, among others, Ashanti, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Buffet, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Amy Grant, Johnny Hallyday, Enrique Iglesias, Insane Clown Posse, Jay-Z, Elton John, Ronan Keating, Diana Krall, Limp Bizkit, Ludacris, Lyle Lovett, Nelly, No Doubt, Florent Pagny, Luciano Pavarotti, Sandy & Junior, Shaggy, Sting, George Strait, Smashmouth, Texas, Shania Twain, U2, Russell Watson, Weezer, Rob Zombie and Trisha Yearwood.

Downloading songs from these artists would still be allowed. In fact, downloading mp3's from these artists and passing them around should probably be encouraged. Yep, I figure Kazaa is the patriotic thing to do, here.

Can your struggling startup company refuse venture capital from Viventures?

Can you make it through the day without visiting the websites of MP3.com, EMusic, FlipSide, Education.com or Rolling Stone? (I won't link these, to make it easier for you.)

Can you boycott these movies, and others, when they come out, and refuse to by the DVD six months later?
The Hulk (Meryl?)
The Cat in the Hat
Bruce Almighty
Seabiscuit
Van Helsing
Meet The Fockers

Because if you can, not only will you impact the overall French economy, you can help pry some of the artists and companies listed above out of Vivendi's clutches.

Vivendi is in serious financial trouble, so much that they're looking to sell off $7.7 billion in assets this year.

When's the best time to boycott a company? When it's already hemorrhaging money.

Boycotting these properties will not only drive Vivendi's earnings further down, it will make each of them less valuable, meaning that Vivendi would have to sell even more assets to balance the books, assets that you could then support, as they would no longer be owned by a french company.

Besides, if I have to give up German beer for the foreseeable future, I want others to feel a little more pain than just boycotting Georges Duboeuf and brie will bring them.

Update: "Edward Boyd" of Zonitics suggests that if one really wants to see the Hulk, one should buy a movie ticket for a movie other than the Hulk, and then sneak in, which is really an excellent idea.

Zod: So, drinking French wine is okay, as long as you stole it?
I'm thinking yes.
Zod: I see I have my work cut out for me here.

Posted by Bigwig at March 6, 2003 03:52 PM | TrackBack
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