Campaigners disappointed by Brewdog's response to offensive video

By Emily Sutherland

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Campaigners have criticised Brewdog's response
Campaigners have criticised Brewdog's response

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Petitioners campaigning for Brewdog to delete an ‘abusive’ fundraising video say they are disappointed by the brewer’s response.

The video, which promotes the Scottish craft brewer’s latest wave of crowdfunding, came under fire for mocking transgender people, sex workers and the homeless. Founders Watt and Dickie ask viewers not to force them into humiliating experiences, including begging and sex work.

Watt said in a statement that the video was in the spirit of fun and that no offence had been intended. He also pointed to Brewdog’s history of championing the LGBT community.

Petition author Beth granter said: “The response from Brewdog is disappointing and misses the point. It shows that they are not listening to the voices of LGBTQ people and sex workers - many of whom have signed the petition against the video - and whom do not feel that the video is "in the spirit of fun". They are clearly mocking marginalised groups of people and that's just bad business.  By saying "don't make us do this", and "I'd need a bath afterwards" BrewDog's campaign is at the very least feeding into transphobic and anti-sex worker attitudes. 

“Intent is not the point.  Plain and simple - BrewDog's campaign is offensive and insulting to trans women and sex workers - and BrewDog needs to apologise and pull the video now."

The petition has now been signed over 8,000 times. 

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