Hershey is facing backlash on social media as conservative users call for a boycott after including Fae Johnstone, a transgender woman and LGBTQ+ advocate, in its “Her for She” campaign for International Women’s Day in Canada.
The inclusion of Fae Johnstone, sparked outrage on social media with the hashtag #BoycottHersheys trending on Twitter.
While many praised Hershey for their inclusion, some users took to Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottHersheys.
Hershey responded, saying they “value togetherness and recognize the strength created by diversity,” and that they have had an “inclusive celebration of women and their impact” for the past three years.
Hershey’s Contributions to Pennsylvania
The Hershey Company has played an integral role in the history of Pennsylvania since its founding in 1894 by Milton Hershey. The company’s success and influence have helped to shape the economy, culture, and identity of the state.
Milton Hershey began his career in confectionery in Lancaster before opening his own candy business in nearby Hershey. He became known for his innovative use of milk in his chocolate, which resulted in a smoother and creamier texture. The Hershey Company soon became one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world, and Milton Hershey’s philanthropic efforts transformed the surrounding community.
Hershey’s success allowed him to build an entire town around his factory, providing housing, schools, and recreational facilities for his workers and their families. The town of Hershey became a model for industrial communities, and the company’s commitment to its workers was ahead of its time. Hershey also founded the Milton Hershey School, a free boarding school for orphans that still exists today.