Samuel Adams, Heineken and Guinness pulled their sponsorship of Boston and New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parades just because parade organizers wouldn’t let gay activist organizations march in their parades.
One can therefore conclude they’d rather have progressives’ business than yours. A business decision.
After Guinness, Heineken and the maker of Samuel Adams beer all pulled their sponsorship of St. Patrick’s Day parades that exclude LGBT groups, people used Twitter and Facebook to express support or threaten to never buy their products again.
Organizers of St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston, among the most liberal-leaning cities in the U.S., have come under increasing criticism in recent years for banning openly gay marchers. Parade organizers argue that to do so would conflict with their Roman Catholic heritage.
And the mayors of New York and Boston, unsurprisingly, also don’t like you, and want progs’ votes only.
The New York and Boston parades not only lost beer sponsors over their ban on the participation of gay rights groups, but the mayors of both cities said they were also staying away.
(Though I’m pleased to report that Mayor-at-Large Rob Ford happily marched in Toronto’s parade…)
As the CBC article noted, the beer companies’ decisions were welcomed by progs, but booed by conservatives, many of whom criticized the companies, some indicating they’d be boycotting the beers henceforth.
Where will this end? Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 17, 2014
— An American Vet (@AmericanVet3) March 17, 2014
— Stefan Ringel (@StefanRingel) March 17, 2014
— Charlie Profit (@CharlieProfit) March 17, 2014
- For more than two decades, I chose to solely consume Sam Adams. Now that you have elected to pull your sponsorship for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, I have chosen to find another beer to be my beer of choice. I will miss my Cherry Wheat and you will miss the revenue. All because you caved to pressure. Dumb move.
- You people are delusional. There is a pride parade EVERY year in the city. Why does the agenda have to be pushed onto a parade celebrating a nationality? As I’ve said already, a gay person is allowed to march in the parade, by all means. But why do the LGBT want separate banners/flags/etc? Just get in line with the rest of the marchers and quit trying to get media attention. If the parade offends you and you don’t like it, don’t go to it. Simple as that.
Anyway, I think beer drinkers of Irish descent, and supporters, should consider finding other brands to drink.
Or switch to whisky. 🙂