Honestly, do those who entertain at Walmart shareholders’ meetings really deserve all the press coverage they receive? | Street Jazz

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Honestly, do those who entertain at Walmart shareholders’ meetings really deserve all the press coverage they receive?

Posted By on Sun, May 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Local media - especially television news, which greets each new Walmart press release as though it were manna from Heaven - has never had a particularly critical eye when it comes to the behemoth of the retail world.

Never is that adulation more in play than during the annual shareholders’ meeting, when thousands of Walmart employees are trundled together to hear inspiring messages of hope and faith from those at the top of the Walmart food chain, and be entrained by various entertainers.

The pep talks from top management never fail to make it onto the news, as if somehow the folks at Walmart have said said something new, and wondrous.

But the performers? Really? Honestly?

It has always been sort of difficult to take someone like past Walmart entertainer Celine Dion seriously at the best of times, especially after the grotesque performance she gave on Larry King a few years ago, when she warbled a few lines to inspire the folks who were stuck in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina.

That most of them didn’t have electricity, and probably weren’t listening to her song of hope went completely over her head.

Leaving the unfortunate Ms. Dion aside, this year's shareholders’ meeting will be chock-full of such entertainers - who will receive top coverage from Walmart’s handmaidens in the media.

But just imagine how much cheering might fill Bud Walton Arena should Walmart decide to follow the example of competitor Costco, and pay a starting wage of $11.50, or if the Walton family decided to take a stand to raise the minimum wage in this country.

Now, that would be worthy of front page news.

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