“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick is perhaps one of the most lovable celebrities on social media and usually when she shares something on her Twitter account, it tends to get attention from fans. Taking advantage of this, the actress recently called out Candy Company Jelly Belly because it is being reported that the Chairman of the company made a donation to an anti-trans campaign.
According to Business Insider, the actress tweeted about recently discovering a donation that the candy company made to an anti-trans campaign back in 2013. She asked for suggestions if she could find other alternatives for her jellybean cravings. The media outlet reports that this story about the donation is partially true. It quoted Huffington Post who back in 2013 noted that Jelly Belly Candy Company’s Chairman Herman G. Rowland Sr. made a donation of $5,000 to an organization called “Privacy for All Students”. It is being said that this organization made a dedicated effort to strip away California’s Assembly Bill 1266, which grants transgender students rights.
The aforementioned bill allowed transgender students of any age group to select their choice of restroom. As in they could choose to go to any of the restroom they identified with. California is said to be the first state in the United States to pass a bill like this. Following this a group on Facebook called Boycott Jelly Belly emerged. One of the post from the Facebook group urged the company to fire their Chairman if they truly supported Children everywhere. There was apparently a note from Jelly Belly that explained the company’s stand over the issue. The company in their note had assured that they do not support any organization that is involved in any kinds of discrimination.
This issue as of now is around two years old and neither the Chairman nor the company has made any type of donation to any organization. But with Anna Kendrick tweeting about the issue could certainly raise fans attention towards it.
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