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If you have an opinion about NFL protests, sponsor Budweiser wants to hear from you



If you have an opinion about NFL protests sponsor Budweiser wants to hear from you

For years, Bud Light has been the official beer of the NFL. The deal between parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev and the National Football League is lucrative to the tune of around $250 million per year and is signed through the 2022 season. That could change. You can help.

In light of recent controversies surrounding players in the league protesting during the National Anthem, Budweiser has put out a hotline that fans can use to express their opinions. To let them know what you think, call 1-800-342-5283 (DIAL-BUD).

With a company as big as Budweiser, a brand as popular as the NFL’s, and a controversy that has the attention of millions of Americans, including the President, one would think the company would have offered multiple ways for people to express their opinions. This is 2017, after all. Instead, Budweiser created a bottleneck that came crashing down on Friday when lines went dead. They were back up by Sunday.

Calling the number leads to a recorded message. Apparently, they’ve been getting lots of calls because the first option is to press #1 for questions or comments about their sponsorship of the NFL. Doing so takes callers to this message:

“At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the nation’s armed forces, veterans and military dependents. The national anthem is a point of pride for our company and for the 1,100 veterans that we employ. Please feel free to share your feedback after the tone.”

Whether this was a proactive attempt to hear the concerns of fans or a response to a flurry of calls over the last couple of weeks is unknown, nor do we know who actually listens to the messages. It’s unlikely the company would pull sponsorship, but if the numbers keep dipping for the NFL, they may have grounds to renegotiate.


Anheuser Busch’s consumer help line disrupted after NFL protest | post to the “RockIt News” Facebook page has generated several hundred likes and shares. It is one of many Facebook posts that recently feature a request for activists to call the consumer help line. The RockItNews post says, “Should Budweiser keep sponsoring the NFL? Let them know how you feel! Call 1-800-DIAL BUD (342-5283) and press 1 for their stand on the NFL and then leave a message. Takes less than a minute.”

Budweiser considers ending their NFL sponsorship over protests — and they want to hear from you – TheBlaze are complex issues that require in-depth discussions and nuanced debate. What I can say is that at Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong. That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality and freedom of speech. We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world.

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  1. Susan gleason

    October 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    As a daughter of a Vietnam vet and a sister to a desert storm vet… I stand for the flag. I understand people have the right to stand or kneel, but what are you kneeling for? If u want to make change, do it off the field! Get out into the community.. take the milllions you make and give to the community! If I had the choice, I would not even show the players on TV, don’t publicize their kneeling! But as an American I feel it’s wrong to sit and disrespect our country by kneeling!

  2. August

    October 2, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I have thrown out ALL Anheuser Busch products from my fridges. I will not longer drink any beverage that is owned by them. This buds for you? Hardly! You have shown by YOUR INACTION that you support these disrespectful dirt balls.

    • patrick summers

      October 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      August I’m with you already did I hope 10 million people do the same

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships



Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movie’s depiction



The moon landing was an American achievement despite movies depiction

Any achievement by a human is a human achievement. Common sense tells us this, but that didn’t stop actors and the director for First Man from using this as the excuse for not showing one of the most iconic moments in world history, the planting of the American flag on the moon.

I won’t be seeing this movie because of its clear political motivations (contrary to their denials) and attempt to downplay America’s solitary role in this wonderful achievement. Apparently, I’m not alone.

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’ Saturday (Oct. 13) brings a course change, Universal’s critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man is headed for a muted domestic debut of $16.8 million after earning $5.9 million on Friday from 3,640 theaters. The hope is that the adult-skewing film will be buoyed by a long run throughout awards season.

It’s not clear so far whether a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon is impacting the film, whose theater count includes Imax runs.

No matter how much Hollywood hates America and does everything it can to downplay our accomplishments while highlighting our mistakes, many Americans are unwilling to reward them for their hatred. This was a conscious decision to spite the United States. It’s plain and simple.

It isn’t just an insult to Americans. It wasn’t received very well by some who participated in the event.

Buzz Aldrin slams ‘First Man’ for not showing US flag during moon landing Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie “First Man” late Sunday for its director’s decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

“Patriotism” may be a dirty word in Hollywood, but there are still millions of Americans who take pride in our achievements. To those Americans, I ask this: Please do not reward anti-American political statements by going to see First Man.

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Don Lemon invokes Kanye West’s mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting



Don Lemon invokes Kanye Wests mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting

It wasn’t just Don Lemon. There was a universal hatred from mainstream media and the entertainment world towards Kanye West’s appearance at Oval Office yesterday. They were acting embarrassed for him, ridiculing him, and saying nothing of the relevance of his visit.

West is much, much more than a rapper. If he were just an entertainer like Taylor Swift or Robert De Niro, I’d be a lot less interested in what he has to say. But he proved yesterday and with his actions before that he’s more than an entertainer. He’s a business leader, an activist for Chicago, and an icon for millions. I don’t agree with some, perhaps most of his perspectives and solutions, but his credentials make him a better choice for a White House visit than many who have sat in the Oval Office in the past.

They say when Republicans go low, they’ll go high. Well, Lemon went as low as he possibly could by declaring West’s deceased mother would be ashamed of her son for his visit. It doesn’t get much lower than that. Shame on you, Don.

Watch the video from The Five.

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