Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Budweiser Is Renaming Itself “America” for the Next Six Months, Which Is Appropriate and Correct - Note for a discussion, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United"

Life, liberty, Budweiser.
Budweiser beer is renaming itself "America" for the next six months, the company has announced. "We thought nothing was more iconic than Budweiser and nothing was more iconic than America," a spokesman says. (This is factually accurate.) 
Now, a lot of people are probably already complaining about this. "Budweiser is actually owned by a Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate," they're probably saying. "And the commodification of patriotism can be a practice that demeans our nation's higher ideals."
I have three responses to you, hypothetical interlocutor:
1. America
3. USA
Upon hearing the news about the Bud/America switch, a friend of mine asked if there's going to be an "America Light." To which I say: There already is, friend. There already is.

Now let's all throw back a cold one—for freedom.

Budweiser renames beer 'America' this summer - USA Today

Nothing says 'America' like an ice-cold can of mass-produced beer.
Anheuser-Busch announced Tuesday that the company is replacing the Budweiser logo with “America” on its 12-oz. cans and bottles this summer.
The cans of patriotic nectar will be available May 23 through the November election and aim “to inspire drinkers to celebrate America and Budweiser's shared values of freedom and authenticity.”
The company is no stranger to American-themed summer cans, which have been transformed into American flags and featured the Statue of Liberty in the past. This year, the cans and bottles will try to stir American pride with lines from the Pledge of Allegiance and lyrics from The Star Spangled Banner.
Apparently, the Belgium-based megabrewer, which owns more than 200 brands globally, including Corona and Stella Artois, knows the way straight to our checkbooks. Throw some America on it!
Ricardo Marques, vice president of Budweiser, notes that with Americans partaking in the Summer Olympics and the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament being held in the U.S., the cans are an ideal way to salute the United States.
"We are embarking on what should be the most patriotic summer that this generation has ever seen,” Marques said in a statement. 
Changing the name to "America" is potentially a risky move for the brand, which already "says America, without saying it," according to John Immesoete, Chief Creative Officer of global marketing agency Epsilon.
"They are basically taking a brand name they’ve spent billions of dollars behind worldwide, and tossing it aside for a while and putting 'America' on it," said Immesoete, who has worked on past Budweiser Super Bowl campaigns, but is not associated with the "America is in Your Hands" campaign.
He notes that while some consumers may be intrigued by the new can design, others will likely be alienated by the company's attempt to literally "package America."
Drink it up, America.

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