As they say, if it looks like a duck…
One of Budweiser’s 2017 Super Bowl ads has many people asking if there is an intentional jab at the president in the video.
Released on Tuesday, the ad titled “Born The Hard Way” follows the “story of our founder’s ambitious journey to America in pursuit of his dream: to brew the King of Beers.”
Budweiser founder Eberhard Anheuser is portrayed on his journey to America, braving an ocean storm and anti-immigrant discrimination on his way to St. Louis where his beer recipe is welcomed.
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) January 31, 2017
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 31, 2017
If Trump drank, he probably be boycotting Bud, right now… https://t.co/utZaJwhyUH
— AKSARBENT blog (@aksarbent) January 31, 2017
— Drew Babb (@DrewBabb) January 31, 2017
Though the true story of the founding of Budweiser may be slightly different, many wondered if the company was being dramatic or political.
Budweiser’s 2017 Super Bowl spot has a very timely story about a successful immigrant. It’s almost like they knew… https://t.co/NxSMYwpBU7
— Nick Owen (@artylondon) January 31, 2017
@Budweiser is now an appropriate time for this
— 2064: Matt Conn (@mattconn) January 31, 2017
@leahlori3 Bam! Common ground for us liberals and you Trump Supporters. America: United by our disdain for shitty beer! ❤??
— ?Reverend Chapman (@Wadatahmydamie) January 31, 2017
@Budweiser Wow seriously sick of this bullshit ask the family’s of 9/11 if they think anyone should just walk into United States sickening
— marylouking (@kingjersey1) January 31, 2017
— Barners Gon Barn (@Whatevesx2) January 31, 2017
An important difference in the story of past immigrants to the U.S. is that most ended up becoming part of the fabric of America.
That isn’t always the case today. Ironically, a report documenting how the Somali immigrant population in Minnesota have not successfully assimilated into their new home was featured on Fox News not long after Budweiser’s immigration ad was released. In the report, a Somali immigrant claimed the school in his isolated community teaches Sharia law, but he wasn’t too sure about American history.
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) January 31, 2017
Thousands of Somalis settled in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area under the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, placing a great strain on the area’s schools, hospitals and social service centers.
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