Toby Young, at the Spectator, notes the latest example of Great Big Capitalist Wokedness.
[T]he rainbow-colored biscuit must go to Budweiser UK. The lager manufacturer has decided to produce a range of plastic beer cups with Prideâ€™s nine official â€˜flagsâ€™ on them, each representing a different section of the LGBT community. Thereâ€™s â€˜Genderfluid Prideâ€™, for instance, a combination of pink, blue, white, purple and black, and â€˜Asexual Prideâ€™, where black is for â€˜asexuals who donâ€™t feel sexual attraction to anyoneâ€™ and white represents â€˜non-asexual alliesâ€™.
As a marketing exercise, Budweiserâ€™s â€˜Fly the Flagâ€™ campaign cannot be aimed at those people who happen to fall into these categories because there simply arenâ€™t enough of them. In the US, the Williams Institute estimates that about 0.66 percent of the population is transgender, but that is a voluminous number compared with some of the more niche groups represented by the Budweiser cups. For instance, the black stripe on the yellow, white, purple and black cup symbolizing â€˜Non-Binary Prideâ€™ is intended to represent â€˜those who feel they are without gender entirelyâ€™. Another flag labeled â€˜Intersex Prideâ€™ is aimed at people â€˜whose biological sex canâ€™t be classified as clearly male or femaleâ€™. About one person in 2,000 fall into that particular medical category.
So is the target audience beer drinkers whom Budweiser thinks will approve of the support itâ€™s showing to these groups? I doubt the company has done any research to establish how large that demographic is. Rather, itâ€™s a mandatory exercise in virtue signaling, something every large company now feels it has to do to demonstrate its alignment with progressive orthodoxy. But why? To attract woke applicants from good universities? Because someone in the corporate and social responsibility department has suggested it and no one dares contradict them for fear of being labeled homophobic, transphobic or bi-phobic? Because the fiftysomething CEO wants to be able to tell his blue-haired 16-year-old daughter that heâ€™s doing his bit to fight bigotry and oppression? Or is he planning to give a set of the rainbow cups to his wife so she can show them off to her friends at the local country club?
Probably all of the above, but thereâ€™s also a strong hint of religious observance in it, with all members of the Brahmin class, and those aspiring to join, feeling obliged to express the same progressive pieties.
I’ve drunk my last Budweiser.