Just in case you haven’t been anywhere near the Internet in a while, Pepsi has been having a tough week. They released an ad starring Kendall Jenner that was widely criticized as being tone deaf, ultimately leading to the company pulling the ad altogether. The idea of the commercial was, seemingly, that Pepsi can bring people together and ease race relations and oppression.
We now know, empirically, that Pepsi does not bring people together in the way the commercial made it seem it would. According to The Oregonian, Carlos Enrique, who said he was a former reporter for the Boston Herald, attended a Portland, Oregon city council meeting this week. He said to Mayor Ted Wheeler, “How could someone just endure people coming and berating you every week?… What I realize is that the language of the resistance has not been properly translated to you. So this is for you.” He whipped out a Pepsi and handed it to Wheeler.
It went about as well as you’d expect. “Whoa whoa whoa,” Wheeler said. “Not a good move… Not a smart move. Thank you. I do appreciate it, but don’t do that again. Please folks, do not do that. For your own safety, don’t do that, okay? I appreciate it.”
Then, he said, “Welcome to Portland. If this were the Boston City Council, that would’ve ended differently.”
We don’t doubt it. Watch the video above, via The Oregonian.
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