Rupert Murdoch Wants Guinness Boycott, Says Gay Groups ‘Bullied’ Beer Company

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Media mogul says Guinness was pressured into pulling support for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Rupert Murdoch slammed Guinness’ decision to pull its sponsorship of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday and urged Irish people to shun the beer maker.

Guinness announced Sunday that it was pulling its support for the event because the parade’s backers will not allow gay, lesbian and transgender individuals or organizations to carry signs or other messages related to their sexual orientation. It is allowing them to march.

Also read: Guinness Pulls Support of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over LGBT Discrimination

Murdoch, who runs News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, said gay groups had “bullied” the company into backing out of the event and portrayed the parade’s stance as one based on religious beliefs.

“Where will this end? Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff,” Murdoch tweeted.

Guinness isn’t alone in boycotting the event. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Heineken are not participating in the New York City parade because of its stance on LGBT inclusion and Sam Adams will not sponsor a similar event in Boston.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Murdoch’s remark, nor did representatives for the media mogul or for GLAAD.

In a statement to GLAAD, Guinness said, “We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”

  • Brian

    Done with Guinness and its been my beer of choice for decades. Murphy’s is a nice beer as well and I’ll drink that until they tic me off as well.

    • SlayerOfConservativeDoctrines

      You poor ignorant gobshite. Murphy’s is owned by Heineken who have also announced a similar stance, as described in the article: “Guinness isn’t alone in boycotting the event. Mayor Bill de Blasio and
      Heineken are not participating in the New York City parade because of
      its stance on LGBT inclusion and Sam Adams will not sponsor a similar event in Boston”.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy%27s_Irish_Stout

  • Brian

    Crap! Murphy’s is owned by Heinekin and they boycott the Parade too. Guess I’ll do without the Stout! No big deal

  • Jimmy

    St. Patrick’s Day is in no way a religious holiday in America, so that excuse doesn’t fly. Moreover, even if it was, using religion to excuse treating people badly or excluding them altogether also doesn’t fly. I applaud any company who takes a stand to say “Enough already!” Whether that be homophobia, sexism, racism, or whatever. Any impact on Guinness sales will be negligible and forgotten in no time.

  • Dee

    The new your parade is about politics but it should be a celebration of Ireland as an Irish person I think it’s all crap in London we all parade have a few drinks and dance no one cares who is gay black or whatever just enjoy the day we not also however be told by any one what we should and should not drink thank you

  • Wm Layer

    The queers want sanction for mortal sin. Fat chance.

    • SlayerOfConservativeDoctrines

      Crawl back in your hole on your belly. Did St. Patrick not rid Ireland of snakes like you?

  • OneMoreThingRuined

    WTF does Gay Right have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? This is supposed to be a good time not GLAAD’s political agenda. Good grief who you sleep with and what you do in your personal life is your business, why does this continuously have to suck the fun out of things for everyone else?

  • Damien W

    Soooo….he’s still alive. Huh.

  • Beerdrinker

    I will drink more Guinness and Sam Adams for their stands on the right for any group, that does not advocate violence, to march. Good for them!

    • Jerry Slater

      They could march, but chose not to, because they could not hold up signs in front of children advocating homosexual sex.

      Guiness and Sam Adams are looking at the money, which stance would cost them less (unless you really think that they would put money second to homosexual rights!)

  • Newzheimer

    And Rupert Murdoch is still relevant to whom?

  • labman57

    Once again, self-righteous Christian conservatives attempt to play the role of the poor maligned victim, indignantly wailing (with all of the chutzpah that they can muster):
    “How dare you be intolerant of our homophobic, misogynistic intolerance! How dare you deny us our God-given right to alienate and persecute anyone who does not share our dogmatic religious mores!”

    Bottom line: Christian conservatives continually strive to impose their own religious, dogmatic mores onto the rest of society and then attempt to be perceived as righteous martyrs when their efforts are rebuffed.
    Sorry folks, you are the persecutors in this conflict, not the persecuted.

    • Jerry Slater

      So, another Christian hater/basher speaks out! Next you’ll be taking a baseball bat to mothers and their children as they leave church.

      Or maybe you’re the church-burning type – remember those guys? This kind of hate is frightening, and all for homosexual rights.

      I believe that everyone, EVERYONE, should have equal rights under the law, even you with this hate speech. But these parades are privately run, and if the organizers choose not to let people carry signs in front of children advocating homosexual sex, I believe that’s their right.

      If you don’t want to go, then don’t go.

      (Incidentally, Homophobia means “fear of homosexuals” and I don’t believe I’ve ever met someone who’s actually afraid of homosexuals. You guys have to find a better word – this one is just stupid.)

      • Val

        The parades may be privately run, but they require a permit from the city, they disrupt traffic on city streets, and they rely on city employees (policemen) for crowd control and traffic assistance. And carring a sign saying something like “We’re GLAAD To Be Bostonians” is not advocating homosexual sex.

  • SoCalGuy

    Memo to Rupert: You don’t control the world (at least not yet), so sit down and shut the f*** up.