John Oliver blasted Anheuser-Busch for not telling the trans fanatics and their bud light protest to back off.
Oliver said after Anheuser-Busch released a wishy-washy statement on both sides after the rights went insane over the Bud Light trans endorsement, “It’s quite annoying to represent something on both sides when the Both sides are trans and this makes me so angry I’m going to shoot $65 non-refundable beer and Budweiser just ran this equally blank new ad.
The Last Week Tonight host played Bud’s courtship for both sides: “Let me tell you a story about a beer that has roots in the heart of America, found in a community where a handshake is a sure contract, passed down from generations raised who are willing to share a sip of risk. Remember a greater story than beer, this is the story of the American spirit.”
Oliver picked Bud’s ad apart: “Okay, not much and nothing going on there, they’re clearly so afraid of offending anyone that they put out an ad that essentially said America something or something and made a point of it, for some reason and stopping for a shot of the New York skyline so they could remember. Is this a 9/11 reference Budweiser? Because footage of a horse walking through the planes reminiscing about 9/11 feels less like an advertisement and more like the results of feeding an AI program telling America, Freedom, I’m sorry.
The Last Week Tonight host summed it up: “This feels like a huge misfire for Anheuser-Busch, because when fanatics are loudly announcing that they don’t like your beer because they are fanatics, that’s an opportunity for you to speak up that our beer is not for you.”
Oliver was right. It was a pretty vague response from Bud Light’s parent company. A company with any guts would have told the zealots they didn’t want their business.
Anheuser-Busch did the right thing and warned other right-wing fanatics by making an example of MAGA. Something is wrong with the way AB is trying to reach both sides of this issue, and it’s allowing attacks on trans people by simply not telling the fanatics that their discrimination has nothing to do with Bud.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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