Fresno Grizzlies Continue To Lose Sponsors After Offensive AOC Video

Companies are learning the hard way that AOC is highly protected.

Minor league baseball team, Fresno Grizzlies continue to see the effects of their actions from last week when they showed a video that suggested Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is one of America’s “enemies of freedom”

 

The LA Times reports Dos Equis and Tecate beers, both owned Heineken International, announced Thursday that they would no longer sponsor the Fresno Grizzlies days after the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals played the controversial video between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader against El Paso.

“Tecate has always been about togetherness and we do not support the views expressed in the video,” Tecate said in a tweeted statement.

Dos Equis tweeted: “We are disheartened to learn of the views expressed in the video that aired during Monday’s Fresno Grizzlies game, as they do not reflect our core values.”

 

The video features audio from Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inaugural address. Around the three-minute mark, when the former president mentions “the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries,” an image of Ocasio-Cortez appears, just after the likeness of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and immediately preceding that of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The Grizzlies issued an apology, stating that the organization “allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first.” They also noted that the employee responsible has since been reprimanded.

Sun-Maid also parted ways with the team, citing the video as their reasoning.

However, the Nationals seem to be sticking by their team, “based on their investigation, it is clear to us that this was an honest mistake by a long-time employee and was not politically motivated,” said Vice President of Communications for the Nationals, Jennifer Giglio. “They have put processes in place to ensure it does not happen again and we are comfortable with those procedures.”

But Ocasio-Cortez said in response to the video in a series of tweets Tuesday evening that “words matter, and can have consequences for safety.

Consequences that did indeed happen.

Tabie is your friendly neighborhood transplant, currently attempting to live out the big New York dream. During my free time, I like to write stories and short essays. I also use this expensive thing I bought called a camera. I capture moments and the beautiful people I encounter. I live by the motto "collaboration over competition" because why waste energy bringing someone down when we can rise together. Manhattanville College Alum.