(CNN) — Wendy’s donates $500,000 to social justice reform after having ‘fresh beef’ with individuals on social media about a franchise’s donation towards President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
The controversy generated from the hashtag “WendysIsOverParty” on June 2, with a screenshot from an article revealing James Bodenstedt, the CEO of Muy companies, donated nearly $500,000 to Trump.
Some people associated the donation to Trump with Wendy’s, but it was the franchise who made the donation—not the parent company.
We never have and will never contribute to a presidential campaign. For the record our CEO has always kept that same energy too. Facts.— Wendy's (@Wendys) June 3, 2020
Our voice would be nothing without Black culture. Right now, a lot of people are hurting because of blatant racism against Black people. Their voices need to be heard. Period. #BlackLivesMatter— Wendy's (@Wendys) June 3, 2020
“We will never have and never will contribute to a presidential campaign.” said Wendy’s.
Muy owns and operates 800 Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Pizza hut locations across the United States.
Wendy’s tweeted it’s committed to donate to support social justice, the youth and education in the black community starting with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This fund represents 300,000 students at historically black colleges and universities.
Wendy’s also commits to use its Twitter platform to amplify black voices.
“Our voice would be nothing without Black culture,” the post said. “Right now, a lot of people are hurting because of blatant racism against Black people. Their voices need to be heard. Period. #BlackLivesMatter.”