Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell glues himself to Starbucks counter, video shows


(NEXSTAR) – Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell glued himself to the counter of a Starbucks coffee shop in New York on Tuesday to protest the chain’s policy of charging extra for plant-based milk.

The protest began shortly before 10 a.m. EST, according to live-streamed footage that was shared to Facebook by PETA on Tuesday morning. After snuggling up to the cafe counter, Cromwell — who has appeared in ‘Babe’, ‘LA Confidential’ and ‘Succession’ — read a prepared statement in which he denounced Starbucks’ vegan milk supplement, calling it harmful for the environment and discriminatory. toward those with lactose intolerance, which affects people of color at a higher percentage, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“When are you going to stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment are suffering?” Cromwell said, in part, as he stood among a group of PETA-affiliated protesters near the Starbucks register. “When are you going to stop penalizing people for their ethnicities, their morals?”

After finishing his prepared statement, Cromwell and other activists began chanting, “Save the planet, save the cows. Stop the vegan supplement now!”

Officers eventually responded to the scene, telling protesters that the Starbucks district manager wanted them evacuated from the property. Cromwell and John Di Leonardo, another activist who stuck to the counter, later broke away about half an hour into the protest.

It is unclear whether the activists were facing charges.

PETA previously staged a similar protest in April, which resulted in the arrest of two activists who stuck to the counter of a Starbucks coffee shop at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. A few weeks earlier, PETA also teamed up with Paul McCartney to urge Starbucks to end its policy of overtaxing alternative milks.

PETA, however, has campaigned against the Starbucks surcharge for years, arguing that it not only helps support dairy farmers and the veal industry, but unfairly discriminates against vegan customers. Also affected are lactose-intolerant customers, “most of whom are people of color,” PETA previously said.

Starbucks itself acknowledged in November 2021 that “dairy is the biggest contributor to Starbucks’ carbon footprint.” At the time, Starbucks said it was working on new approaches to sourcing sustainable dairy products, but announced no plans to reduce dairy offerings or make them more affordable for customers asking for non-food options. dairy.

Starbucks locations in the United States currently charge an additional fee to customize their drinks with non-dairy milk, but a “splash” of the same non-dairy milk can be added for free to certain coffee drinks, Starbucks previously confirmed.

A Starbucks representative was not immediately available to comment on Tuesday morning’s protest.


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