Chrissy Teigen, John Leguizamo and More Call for Goya Boycotts

Numerous celebrities like model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen have voiced support for boycotts of Goya products after the company's CEO publicly praised President Donald Trump at a recent White House event.

As previously reported, Goya CEO Bob Unanue joined Trump in a Rose Garden speech on Thursday after signing the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. As part of his address, Unanue made sure to compliment Trump. "We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder," he said. "We have an incredible builder. And we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country—that we will continue to prosper and to grow."

The comments drew criticism, due to Trump's history of rhetoric about Hispanic and Latino immigrants. In June 2015, when he first announced his candidacy for president, Trump said of Mexican immigrants, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

In a Twitter thread on Friday, Teigen said that she would no longer be buying Goya products. "A shame. Don't care how good the beans taste though. Bye bye," she wrote.

She also wrote that some Republicans will try to spin a boycott as a means to hurt workers; Teigen said that she would do everything possible to support workers. "The next step republicans will do (mark my words, they did this with my equinox tweets as well) is say you aren't supporting the workers if you boycott. You ARE. They should never feel they have to work for someone who agrees Mexicans are 'vile' 'rapists' - F**K this guy," she wrote.

Support the workers by empowering them to be stronger than this absolute bastard. I will personally do what I can to financially ensure these farms can carry on without them.

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 10, 2020

The View's Meghan McCain seemed to play right into the scenario that Teigen posited. While not naming Goya, McCain asked in a tweet on Friday, "No matter what your politics, who wants more people out of work?"

It seems weird & callous to boycott a company who supplies food to the masses and employs 4,000 people during a pandemic. No matter what your politics, who wants more people out of work? Almost every CEO, boss, & person I interact with and consume products from disagrees with me.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 10, 2020

Radio host Mike Opelka, meanwhile, called for a "buy-cott," asking people to purchase Goya products and donate them to their local food banks.

My brother came up with a terrific idea and I am encouraging all to join me in purchasing $10 worth of @GoyaFoods products and donating them to your local food bank. Let's push a BUY-cott, not a boycott. Let's show the #Goyaway people what compassion can do. https://t.co/SoHXRXHADG

— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) July 10, 2020

Rapper Immortal Technique mocked the idea of people buying Goya products to spite those who are boycotting the products.

Wait, people really think they are “owning liberals” by buying Goya products. LOL How many people for come out of that clown car?!?! The brands #1 consumers are Latino people and you fools are amazed that we’re not all right wing freaks who bolster a game show hosts image.

— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) July 10, 2020

Other celebrities also called for the boycott and said they would not be purchasing Goya products anymore. Actor John Leguizamo said "goodbye" to Goya. Author Joyce Carole Oats provided some much needed levity, quote tweeting Leguizamo and saying that her cat was also boycotting Goya. Comic writer Matt Miner said that he'd also be seeking out alternatives to the brand.

Goodbye Goya! You cant exploit us for profit than be against us latinx! #BoycottGoyaFoods https://t.co/WR2JcS396n

— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) July 10, 2020

Zanche is so incensed, she is boycotting THE ORIGINAL GOYA, too. just to be safe. https://t.co/0IblYuu451 pic.twitter.com/dCMEO8h8QC

— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 10, 2020

Guess it’s anything but Goya now, and we eat a -lot- of beans here in this vegan household. #BoycottGoya https://t.co/rGanFQXZl3

— Matt Miner * BLACK LIVES MATTER * (@MattMinerXVX) July 10, 2020

SiriusXM radio personality Rachel Fine was more confrontational with the brand, replying to one of its tweets about donating food. "Did you give any to the kids in cages at our border? Good to know EXACTLY where you stand, Goya," she wrote.

Did you give any to the kids in cages at our border? Good to know EXACTLY where you stand, Goya. #GOYABOYCOTT

— Rachel Fine (@RachelFine) July 10, 2020

Newsweek reached out to Goya for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Goya Foods CEO and President Bob Unanue speaks prior to US President Donald Trump signing an Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 9, 2020. Unanue's comments led to many people to call for a boycott on Goya products. Getty/JIM WATSON/AFP