Things go viral on the internet…who knew??

You know when you hear some juicy gossip about Sarah dating Peter, and it spreads around the office, and suddenly Sarah’s secretly married to Peter who’s cheating on his taxes so that he can pay for magician school? That happened to us today.

Someone online began a petition to boycott Groupon because they believed we were a sponsor of the Apprentice, a show that is in the middle of some political criticism at the moment.

Then, just like that, it was announced we were pulling our sponsorship and boycotting the Apprentice and NBC. Pulling a fake sponsorship that didn’t exist….

Here’s the thing: Groupon has never been a sponsor of The Apprentice on TV or on the web. We invest heavily in online advertising through networks that place ads on a rolling basis, meaning that we know one will appear on NBC.com but not specifically which page. We know that some advertising appeared on the Apprentice home page a few weeks ago.

Enough consumers have contacted us to warrant ensuring that we don’t place ads on the Apprentice homepage in the future. It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion…this isn’t a political statement, it’s avoiding intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers.

Thanks for allowing us to clear this up. Maybe we can make this blog post go viral, too.

  • Gosh, that was funny, but honestly, I hadn’t heard any of that.
    So, did Peter go to Hogwarts? lol Will Sarah be happy with a magician lover? Stay tuned!

  • WOW! This blog statement is such a disappointment! You don’t have moral standards- you’re just shutting up a few complainers. Let me guess? Donald Trump threatened you? I think even less of your company now!

  • People who throw mud should expect to get dirty hands.

    Politics and social issues are so divisive they have no place in business. It is a guaranteed lose lose situation. People who work for corporations are of course constitutionally entitled to their own beliefs and opinions, but they have no place in the marketplace or the workplace.

    Trump’s show is supposed to be entertainment, when he crosses the line, thinking advertisers should head for the exit.

    Congratulations to Groupon for this wise decision.

  • I wouldn’t use a Groupon if it offered something I needed or wanted. Clearly you have made a stand on killing and pregnancy. I guess you will not be offering any groupons to save medicare either. Please cancel my subscription.

  • This makes perfect sense to me. Groupon is fun and cool, and Donald Trump is a fear-mongering douchetard. I approve of Groupon’s decision to continue not being involved with The Apprentice and its douchetard star. Go Groupon!

  • Your reference to abortion and guns was not funny, tacky and tasteless just like the carnival barker. Regarding Trump, he has a right to free speech, but he crossed the line by slandering the president. I think he has tarnished his own reputation and has tarnished the reputation of his sponsors as well. This, of course, includes your organization.

  • I’ve always liked Trump, but he’s making an ass of himself with this birther nonsense. Thanks for dissociating yourselves from it.

  • Thank you for taking an important action. Donald is being like a fat burger with no cheese. He is falling from grace. I hope Obama can freeze his assets for being a D!

    enough said Groupon. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    RB

  • Don’t bend to the liberal hords.
    Father have pity on them for they know not what they do.

  • I actually joined because you took the stand and, silly me, I thought it was a good one. Please cancel my NEW membership! Corporations need to get morals [or balls] … whatever.

  • Oh Groupon, one day the Internet will grow up and realize how ridiculous this is.

    Until then, enjoy your hate mail. Seriously, one hell of a good source of entertainment.

  • “It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion…this isn’t a political statement….”

    Weird. Sounds political to me. Spoken like a true liberal weenie.

    Goodbye. You suck.

  • I just wanted to say that I have never purchased your products but I would like to now that you have had the courage to remove ads from Donald Trump’s show. I think he represents the worst type of person for this nation.

  • Groupon – Consider the source of the complainers, I’m guessing they’re all liberals. And what makes you think that you don’t have just as many conservatives using your services? This is a classic catch-22 situation and I find it quite amusing how politics has invaded every aspect of our lives. (Were we always this divisive?)The only problem I have is that you’ve let a bunch of morons dictate what you should do with your own business. I’m disappointed you gave in to them however I’m happy that this little bit of controversy may have given you some free publicity.

  • Henrietta – Your comment is contradictory. You say “Politics and social issues are so divisive they have no place in business” however that’s exactly what you’re congratulating Groupon for doing. I’m sure they weren’t thinking about politics when they advertised on Trump’s site, however people like you are forcing them to do just that. Who else will you start dictating on how to run their business?

  • Your retarded. You pull your ads to hurt a candidate? I will avoid you and your products.

  • Trump had the balls to ask the President a question ? That’s what freedom of speech is all about! Groupon take your product and shove it.

  • That’s enough . I try to check groupon deals daily, and I love the concept of your business. Today is the last day I check. Today you try to silence ” he Donald”, and tomorrow who will it be.

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