Tlaib calls out ‘Green Book’ director’s praise of Shinola ‘saving Detroit’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) slammed the director of “Green Book” for saying Shinola watches are “saving Detroit,” asking him to “please stop with this disrespectful & hurtful narrative.”

“Say what? Please stop with this disrespectful & hurtful narrative that we 1) need saving & 2) that billionaires are the ones to do it,” the first-year lawmaker from the Detroit area tweeted on Monday.

“We just need the 1% to stop taking our land for nothing + shifting our tax dollars towards for-profit development that makes them richer.”

{mosads}The film’s director, Peter Farrelly, said, “Shinola watches! Unbelievable! They’re saving Detroit!” while accepting his Oscar for best original screenplay late Sunday. The film also won the best picture award.

In a statement, Shinola congratulated Farrelly on his Oscar wins — describing him as “a friend of the brand for years” — and said the shout-out for the watches was “completely unplanned and unexpected.”

Shinola also deflected some of the credit given to them by Farrelly.

“While we are so thankful for the love we did want to make it clear that without the city of Detroit, there would be no Shinola,” the watchmaker said. “The city gave our brand life and it’s something we will never take for granted.”

Tlaib was not only person on social media to call out Farrelly’s shoutout.

“Guy must have 2 armfuls of #shinola watches for that #shamelessplug,” the political director for the National Action Network’s Michigan chapter, Sam Riddle, tweeted

“NO, Shinola watches AREN’T saving Detroit,” wrote user Khaled Beydoun. “Sick of hearing that BS.”

“I am from Michigan,” Gautam Hans tweeted. “I promise you: Shinola watches are not saving detroit.” 

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