The video is an awkward and uncomfortable one: two liberal MP’s (one gay and agnostic and the other conservative) debate marriage equality over a few Coopers’ light beers. What could possibly be controversial about that?
Coopers Brewery and the Bible Society have fixed one of society’s most pressing issues. Although non-heterosexual Australians still don’t have the right to marriage, they’ll be fine over a couple of light beers and the bible.
“The first conversation in the ‘Keeping it Light’ series features a gay, agnostic MP from Victoria and a Christian conservative MP from Western Australia. They disagree powerfully on the topic at hand but, perhaps because there was both a Bible and good beer on the table, found they were able to thoroughly enjoy their profound disagreement.”
As soon as the video was posted, immediate backlash followed, sparking a trend in Facebook users boycotting their formerly beloved beer by writing one-star reviews on their Facebook page.
Cooper’s brewery released a statement on Twitter before removing it and publishing a different one, adding they gave no permission for their light beer to “feature in, or ‘sponsor’” the video.
According to the Bible Society’s website, Keeping It Light is a “good humoured, creative campaign to reach even more Australians with God’s word.” It also features 10,000 limited edition low-alcohol beer cans with verses from the Bible inscribed on the carton packaging.
Watch the video below. You can read the statement here.
And, while we’re on politicians and frothies, check out how we worked out if Bob Hawke is getting faster at sculling beer!