Updated on Jun 19, 2020. Posted on Jun 18, 2020

    Ariana Grande Fans Think She's Boycotting Starbucks And Here's Why

    "The way Ariana Grande unfollowed Starbucks and is supporting black owned coffee shops speaks volumes."

    So here's something that's been floating around the internet this week — Ariana Grande fans think she's boycotting Starbucks after its controversial comments on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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    Earlier this month, Starbucks publicly stood in solidarity with the Black community following protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

    However, according to an internal bulletin obtained by BuzzFeed News, Starbucks had privately told employees that they were not permitted to wear anything related to the Black Lives Matter movement as it was against company policy and could potentially incite violence.

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    Despite the company policy also prohibiting religious and political attire, employees told BuzzFeed News that not only does Starbucks allow staff to wear pins and buttons to celebrate LGBTQ rights, but it personally hands them out.

    Following outrage online, Starbucks reassessed its policy and announced last week that it had amended it so employees could publicly support Black Lives Matter.

    In response to this historic time, our store partners can also show support for the Black Lives Matter movement with their own t-shirts, pins and name tags. To learn more, visit: https://t.co/LQ6fKsIP10

    The chain also announced that it had designed a T-shirt with a graphic that supported the movement.

    So where does Ariana Grande come into this? Well, the "Thank U, Next" singer has long been associated with Starbucks. Last year, she was even announced as an ambassador, with the coffee chain creating the Cloud Macchiato in her honour.

    But speculation began spreading that Ariana didn't support Starbucks' original stance on Black Lives Matter and had unfollowed the company on Instagram as a result.

    And the speculation hasn't exactly faded away over the last week. In fact, Ariana has been posting various pictures of her coffee order recently, all of which have been bought from local, black-owned businesses.

    First, there was one from Nimbus Coffee, a popular Harry Potter–themed spot. Then Ariana hit up another Black-owned business in South LA Cafe.

    Ariana later shared a message from South LA Cafe that said she was supporting Black lives and Black businesses.

    The singer also posted a picture in support of Undergrind Cafe.

    After seeing the posts, fans began speculating whether Ariana's public support of Black-owned coffee shops was also a boycott of Starbucks.

    Looks like Ariana Grande dropped Starbucks for a black owned coffee shop named "Nimbus Coffee” located in California, Los Angeles. 👀

    ariana really dropped starbucks after they kept silencing the blm protestors. i really love this woman

    And, regardless of whether or not it was a boycott, fans praised the singer for using her platform to promote Black-owned businesses — especially since she recently crossed 191 million followers on Instagram.

    the way ariana grande unfollowed starbucks and is supporting black owned coffee shops speaks volumes

    ariana drinking from black owned coffee shops & not starbucks. that’s really my sister.

    Reps for Ariana Grande declined to comment.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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