Budweiser slammed for sponsoring both Pride events and the World Cup
Budweiser has been criticised for its involvement in Pride events while it continues to sponsor the World Cup in Russia.
The internationally recognised beer company was one of the sponsors of New York City Pride on Sunday.
However, Budweiser has been slammed for also sponsoring the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is currently being held in Russia.
New York City-based LGBT activist group Voices4 recently began a campaign to shame companies that supported the World Cup, using the hashtag #PrideOverGenocide.
The group state that companies cannot support the World Cup as well as Pride events in the US, and have accused Budweiser of hypocrisy.
The hosting of the World Cup in Russia has been criticised due to Russia’s stance on several human rights issues, including LGBT rights.
Russia’s treatment of LGBT people has been internationally condemned by multiple human rights organisations and may also violate FIFA’s own ethics rules.
Voices4 spokesperson Elly Brinkley said in a statement: “Including the LGBTQIA+ community in their advertising does not erase their craven decision to financially support a dangerous, homophobic regime.
The group called on supporters to use the hashtag on Budweiser’s social media in protest, resulting in thousands of comments on Budweiser’s Instagram over the Pride weekend.
Budweiser has not yet responded to the campaign.
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