Hyatt Faces Boycott Over Hosting CPAC; Critics Use False Nazi Analogy

The stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is pictured Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Photo Credit: John Raoux – AP

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Angered that the Hyatt Hotel in Orlando, Florida hosted the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend, critics of CPAC have threatened to boycott the hotel chain as a firestorm of criticism continues to be hurled at them.

Political opponents of CPAC on the left have falsely accused the hotel chain of allowing the conference organizer to design a stage that resembled Nazi symbolism. They erroneously claim that the stage looked exactly like a Nordic othala rune, which the Nazis reportedly adopted as a symbol of their belief in a superior Aryan race.

Hyatt issued a statement on the boycott threats, saying that the chain defended its decision to host the conference and also said it raised concerns about the stage design to organizers, but to no avail.

“When we learned that CPAC 2021 stage design had been compared to a symbol of hate, we promptly raised this concern with meeting organizers who strongly denied any connection to such symbols,” it added of the stage. “Unfortunately, this became clear to us only after the event kicked off.”

“We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours,” the hotel said of its decision to host the conference.

CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp has denied that the conference modeled the stage after Nazi symbolism, calling the allegations “outrageous and slanderous” in a post on Twitter. He also said that: “We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address anti-Semitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”

According to a report in the New York Post, actress Rosanna Arquette tweeted, “Hey Hyatt hotels …hosting a fascist Nazi convention is the antithesis of inclusiveness. You have made a grave error in judgment. The imminent Boycotts you are going to feel for years to come.” Actress Debra Messing from the hit TV series “Will & Grace” said, “Not an accident.”

In a separate development, the NYP also reported that the founder and CEO of the MyPillow company was cut off during an interview at CPAC on Sunday after he put forth theories about COVID-19 and the vaccines for the virus that are considered by some to be of a controversial nature.