A Boycott And A Protest To The Protesting Of The Boycott Of Connie’s Ric Rac

By: Glen Jessie

Do you want to be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution?

The problem is this: local venue Connie’s Ric Rac, a longtime staple of the Italian Market section of South Philadelphia, has some unacceptable associations.

By now, you must have heard how deep and disgusting these links truly are. But if you haven’t, here’s a refresher.

  • Connie’s Ric Rac regularly features a local band called ‘Sparklefight’, and also employs one of its members, Michael Gallagher, as a sound engineer and show promoter.
  • Sparklefight has several controversial videos that are misogynistic in nature and trivialize rape, including a video entitled “Rape Whistle: How To In Rape Prevention”, which shows a heinous rape.
  • The band has several associations with members of Neo-Nazi groups from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Many have already called for a boycott of Connie’s Ric Rac until some basic demands are met: ban Sparklefight from the venue and sever all ties with every member of the band.

Many think that a boycott and protest is too much; that customers should simply put down the torches and pitchforks, and vote with their feet on their own if they please. Others agree with the band’s representation that their videos are designed to be hyperbolic for shock value. These people’s opinions are wrong. In fact, a boycott of Connie’s Ric Rac does not go far enough.

We need to tear down the economic structure in this city that supports Sparklefight, its members, and the people they associate with. There is only one way to do that. Connie’s Ric Rac pays Sparklefight. Sparklefight spends the money at places where their business is allowed. As far as we know, they are still welcome at all Philadelphia businesses, charities, and venues. We need to boycott everywhere that allows Sparklefight to exist here until they cease to exist. This is illustrated in the chart below:

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We need to boycott every local and national business, both profits and non-profits, until Sparklefight has been starved out of existence. That includes the largest businesses and the smallest. It includes The Philadelphia Pigeon. Please close this window immediately and boycott this website. But first, sign our petition by signing your name in the comments!
If you don’t sign the petition, you are part of the problem. The problem is rampant misogyny, racism, and Nazism. So you are a misogynistic, racist, Nazi.

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