When Bands Boycott – 12 Musicians Who Rebelled Against Corporations, Countries And More

As anyone who’s ever been on the wrong end of an Azealia Banks tweet, rapped near Noel Gallagher or eaten a Peperami in the presence of Morrissey will know, a few damning words from a pop star can be devastating. Add this to the rabid and often bloodthirsty devotion of the One Directioners, and you have the perfect storm of commercial destruction, as SeaWorld found when Harry Styles suggested from the stage in San Diego back in July that fans that like dolphins should stay away from the aquatic theme park. Cue a huge increase in online criticism of the chain – already up against the ropes in the wake of Blackfish – allied to an 84 per cent drop in profits compared to the same period in 2014. Boom – another classic pop boycott strikes its vengeful blow for righteousness, like Thor joining PETA. Not all pop boycotts have had such an impact though. Here’s the best and worst…