Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to deal with the fallout over his anti-American remark in support of COVID-19 vaccines, where he declared,”Screw your freedom.”
In effect, REDCON1, which bills itself as the fastest-growing sports nutrition brand in the world, replied with a “heavy heart” to say screw Arnold.
Schwarzenegger was talking about COVID-19 in a television appearance when he said: “It kills people and the only way we prevent it is: get vaccinated, wear masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about, ‘Well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom.”
The patriotic pro-freedom company announced Tuesday that it has discontinued all support for the Arnold Classic, a bodybuilding competition, and other Arnold-related events globally, according to a statement from REDCON1.
In a video making the rounds, REDCON1 founder Aaron Singerman explained that it was a “very difficult decision because me personally and everyone here at REDCON1 has always loved Arnold.”
Singerman said he grew up wanting to be just like Schwarzenegger and that over the years, he has had to overlook “a lot of stuff” from him, adding that when someone says screw your freedom, he and the company “cannot in good conscience” sponsor that person.
BREAKING: One of the top supplement companies in the world REDCON1 https://t.co/VJDAHWkGu3, slams @Schwarzenegger for his anti-American comments, and pulls their support for his @arnoldclassic world wide. #ScrewYourFreedoms pic.twitter.com/53iH7wQvLb
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 17, 2021
At the same time, Singerman stressed that this is America and Schwarzenegger is free to say the things he wants to say. Adamant that Schwarzenegger should not be canceled, he simply stated that they can no longer support him.
“I’m not for canceling anybody. Don’t cancel Arnold, but don’t support him, if you’re me,” he said in the video. “If you like it, go there. I won’t be there, unfortunately, so if you’re looking to see Kai Greene and the rest of the Redcon1 athletes and myself, unfortunately, you won’t.”
Singerman praised Schwarzenegger’s success in the statement released Tuesday.
“Arnold entered America with passion that he, too, could achieve the American dream. Of course, it wasn’t easy, and he pushed through language barriers, poverty, and dramatic cultural differences. His dedication to the sport and perseverance helped him not only reach but achieve more than he ever imagined. A guy who had nothing and no advantages, who never made an excuse, and created tremendous success. He became an icon based on his work ethic, his charisma, and his grit,” he said.
The statement noted that the company has “spent hundreds of thousands of dollars being a top sponsor of the event and this year the exclusive sponsor of the webcast, but we can’t in good conscience continue to support & be involved with someone who has such diametrically opposed beliefs.”
With that,” the release continued, “we take a hard stance for the rights and freedoms of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation or personal beliefs.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Proud of you for your stance on Arnold. That took some balls. Or hopefully it was an easy decision. Either way, I hope more people or companies follow your decision. 🇺🇸
— eric fontany (@etech86) August 17, 2021
Good for you REDCON1. I wish more people had the courage to stand up for what they believe 👏🏻🎉
— Karma Rx (@Karma_Rx) August 18, 2021
We have freedom of speech here in 🇺🇸 but you have to be willing to face the music and accept responsibility for what you say. You see equal rights come with equal responsibility. I’m curious if @Schwarzenegger would have accepted a certain dictator telling him screw your freedom
— Rod Stickler (@RodStickler) August 17, 2021
It’s kinda hard to walk back “screw your freedom.”
‘I was wrong’ doesn’t quite seem to cut it.
— Darthyorik (@darthyorik) August 18, 2021
I love Arnold but he is going to far on his opinion. Good for you
— Harmen (@MoreFun1970) August 17, 2021
Love this. Take a stand based on your values and don’t apologize for it. We’ll articulated. Thank you.
— Kip Coon (@kip_coon) August 17, 2021
Thank you for taking a stand against the ones lobbying for our freedoms to be taken away!!! 🙌🏻
— LivingLuxe (@Luxe1Living) August 17, 2021
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