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    David Chang Begs Momofuku Backer Stephen Ross to Cancel Trump Fundraiser


    Chang began by explaining Ross’ role as an investor in his company. “I personally am a staunch opponent to President Trump and everything he stands for,” he told listeners. “I ****ing hate him. Anyone that normalizes gun violence, white supremacy, putting kids into cages, his general lack of decency and respect for anyone else—he is destroying our democratic norms. I cannot stand behind him.” 


    He went on to say that he has “always worked to champion a safe, open, diverse, equitable and inclusive world at Momofuku” and vowed to “double down” on that commitment in light of the news about Ross. 


    “Talk is cheap, we must show it in action,” Chang said, before adding that he doesn’t expect everyone who works for him to share his political beliefs. “So long as you are respectful to your colleagues and dutiful to your responsibilities, you’ll have a place at our company,” he said, “even though I hate Trump.” 


    Speaking to his patrons, Chang said he wasn’t going to “sugarcoat” the situation or “pander” to them—perhaps a veiled reference to the way Equinox dismissed Ross as a “passive investor” in its official statement on the matter. 


    Then Chang sent a message to Ross personally, in case he was listening. “I respect and admire you as a businessman,” he said. “You have been a champion of all the values of Momofuku. You’ve done a great deal for us as a company and I truly appreciate it.” 


    Once the flattery was out of the way, he continued, “I’m imploring you to reconsider hosting this fundraiser. It flies in the face of everything we believe in at Momofuku. It frightens many of the people that work for you and it contradicts what I hoped to accomplish before taking your money in the first place.” 





    Milk Bar is in no way affiliated with the Trump fundraiser.  Stephen Ross is one of many investors in our company, all of whom come from different perspectives.  Regardless of investors, our strategy, mission, and company decisions are all made independently by the Milk Bar team and me.  Any profits we make go back into supporting the expansion of Milk Bar as well as to a variety of local charitable causes in our communities. 


    At Milk Bar we believe unequivocally in equal rights for all. We are anti-discrimination, we welcome and celebrate people from all races, sexualities, identities, nationalities, citizenship statuses, religion and beliefs. 


    I do not personally support the policies of the current administration.  However, I also don’t mandate what people who work at my company believe politically.  We support people having their own opinion. We support our teammates having their own opinion.  At our company we employ Democrats, Republicans, and many doctrines in between.  


    Here at Milk Bar, we strive to be a welcoming place that serves delicious baked goods.  Feel free to keep sharing your thoughts, we read every one. Thank you, today and every day, for being a part of Milk Bar. 




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