Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is no stranger to controversy, and his latest feud with Bud Light is no exception. The ongoing dispute comes on the heels of another battle that DeSantis has been fighting, this time with Disney.
The feud began when DeSantis criticized Disney for its decision to relocate some of its operations out of Florida due to newly enacted voting laws. DeSantis accused the company of being ‘woke’ and proclaimed that Florida would not be ‘blackmailed’ by corporations. Disney promptly responded, defending their actions and expressing disappointment in the governor’s comments.
But it didn’t end there. In a surprising move, DeSantis turned his attention to yet another corporate giant: the beer company Bud Light. The governor took issue with a recent Bud Light commercial that mocked Florida’s voting laws, calling it ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unpatriotic.’
The commercial in question depicts a fictitious ‘Bud Light Democracy,’ complete with absurd voting laws that include requiring voters to ‘tap dance their way to the ballot box’ and ‘do 100 push-ups before casting their vote.’ While the commercial mocks voting laws in general, it never specifically mentions Florida.
DeSantis’ decision to target Bud Light seems somewhat out of left field. While Disney is a significant economic force in the state, Bud Light is just a beer company. And while the commercial may be seen as controversial, it is not the first time Bud Light has taken a humorous stance on societal issues.
It is worth noting that DeSantis has long positioned himself as a staunch defender of conservative values and has championed voting restrictions as a means to ensure election integrity. In recent years, Florida has enacted laws that critics argue disproportionately affect minority communities and infringe on citizens’ right to vote. The Bud Light commercial can be seen as part of a broader nationwide discussion on voting rights and the potential dangers of restrictive legislation.
But the governor’s decision to engage in this public spat does raise questions. Is it beneficial for a state governor to pick fights with companies over their advertising choices? Does it distract from the pressing issues that Florida faces and undermine efforts to bring businesses and jobs to the state?
Critics argue that DeSantis’ feud with Bud Light and Disney is simply a distraction from the real challenges facing Florida. The state is still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of businesses shuttered and countless individuals struggling to make ends meet. Instead of engaging in public disputes, some argue that the governor should focus on revitalizing the economy, supporting small businesses, and ensuring that all citizens have access to quality healthcare and education.
In an era where political leaders are increasingly using culture wars to rally their base and deflect criticism, it is essential to stay focused on the core issues at hand. The fight between DeSantis and Bud Light may make for catchy headlines, but it ultimately serves as a distraction from the real work that needs to be done.
As the feud continues to play out, it remains to be seen what impact, if any, these clashes will have on Florida’s politics, economy, and reputation. One thing is for sure: with DeSantis in the governor’s mansion, there is never a dull moment.