* Coopers Beer says sorry: I still don't really understand the connection between the brewery and the Bible Society - but the company says it didn't approve (or know about?) the video which not only seemed to associate the company with the Society and conservative views on gay marriage, but with the Liberal Party. One comment from a pub noted the Party connection in particular - and it is a peculiar thing for a brewer to find itself apparently being aligned with a political party.
But curiously, I had noticed even before Coopers was in the news that a current ad for Bundaberg Rum on TV seemed heavy on showing support for the gay community, and (I think) gay marriage. Bundaberg Rum - from a Queensland farming town not too far from Queensland's Bible Belt (around Gympie), an area not exactly known for its progressive attitudes. And rum I always thought of a blokey, man's man type drink - not a spirit that would be big in gay pubs. But, not having ventured into a gay pub recently (not that I can ever recall being in one) perhaps I'm wrong about that? Or is it just an advertising executive's idea of how to expand its base? Anyway, I thought it odd.
Perhaps this will all balance itself out in the alcohol drinking community as a whole - some Bundy drinkers might be a bit put off buying a "gay" drink?
Anyway, don't these product boycotts have a way of not working, when the conservatives/Lefties go out of their way to buy the product to annoy the SJWs/conservatives? I wouldn't sweat about it too much if I were Coopers.
And personally, I don't mind most Cooper's beers, and gay pubs refusing to stock it is hardly going to affect my attitude to drinking it.
All this will pass...
Update: let's go to the threadsters of Catallaxy to note their reasonable and balanced approach to the Coopers storm in a stubbie. First, DB, who lives in New York, happily (as far as I know), with a wife who he has said works in the fashion industry and therefore knows lot of gay folk: facts all of which, one would have thought, may have made him realise that legal gay marriage does not cause the end of civilisation. But, here he is, commenting on the (somewhat stilted) apology video put out by Coopers:
OMG. The Coopers hostage video is unbearable to watch. I could just imagine a cage and a can of Ronson just to the side, off-camera. The Waffen-SSM is just like the Terminator, it cannot be reasoned with, but unlike the Terminator, it is a creampuff, that can be smashed if you simply stand up against it. Which is why they opposed a plebiscite that would involve organised opposition against it and a free vote of the people. And they must be smashed.And CL, the other uber Catholic of Catallaxy:
But I'll end with the usual disclaimer: I actually don't support gay marriage either; it's just that I'm not going to panic about it.