Can anyone tell us why Red Stripe is sold in gay bars while Jamaica has such an appalling record on homophobia? Hmmmm?


Filth!

The day after a 17-year-old gay boy was chopped to death by a mob in Jamaica for wearing women’s clothes; and the month after a gay couple was savagely attacked in Jamaica for having sex; and in the year where there have been no fewer than nine homophobic and transphobic killings while human rights organisations have described Jamaica as ‘the most homophobic place on earth’, we would like to ask the question: why are gay bars in the UK still serving Red Stripe, the ‘lager beer’ brewed in Jamaica? And why are gays still buying it?

Because it’s not just the mobs that are homophobic maniacs over there in ‘friendly Jamaica’. It is the police and the government too. Well, it is a country where sex between two men is punishable by up to ten years in prison. If you don’t get chopped to death first. Makes you thirsty, doesn’t it?

The new Prime Minister – a woman, long name, you don’t need to know – said that she would get rid of harsh homophobic laws but, after pressure from the religious right, backed down.

Now, we know that Red Stripe is owned by respectable people, probably not even based in Jamaica, but while that beer is a big part of the country’s export portfolio employing Jamaicans, we need to ask, are these the people you want to be giving your beer money to? Should we not, like the mighty Harvey Milk back in 1970s San Francisco, organise a gay beer boycott and exercise some of our gay welly? It is one of the main products of a country that’s chopping up our brothers, after all.

It’s just a talking point but maybe next time you’re in a gay bar and you see the tins of Red Stripe lined up, just say to the bar manager: ‘Do you really think you should be carrying beer manufactured in a country that promotes violent homophobia?’, leave it there and order something more refreshing.

We personally won’t touch the muck *opens bottle of Veuve Clicquot, our day champagne* Oh, and while we’re on the subject, may we recommend Absolut, the non-Russian vodka?

 

 

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8 comments to “Can anyone tell us why Red Stripe is sold in gay bars while Jamaica has such an appalling record on homophobia? Hmmmm?”

  1. Here fucking here.

    I hope this is only the start. He ‘pink pound’ is an asset that demands those who want it to show respect.

    Red stripe. Russian vodka. What else is there?

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  2. Red Stripe is owned by Diageo, a multinational which owns 34% of Moët & Hennessy drinks division, which owns the Veuve Clicquot you are drinking. Red Stripe is brewed and bottled in the USA. Similarly, Stolichnaya “Russian” vodka is distilled and bottled in Latvia. Wamp Wamp. “We’re living in a global shopping mall and you’re the only one who thinks there’s an exit.” – Edina Monsoon

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  3. Didn’t take long for the Diageo excuse to rear its head… So it’s Jamaican AND it’s lying about it. Double the trouble.

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  4. I can’t be expected to conduct extensive research every time I want a goddamn drink, and boy do I want one.
    If it has ‘Jamaican’, or ‘Russian’, or ‘Abba-bloody-synian’ on the bottle, I ain’t buyin’.

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  5. Absolut comes from incredibly gay-friendly Sweden. Make mine a double. With a shot on the side.

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  6. If that’s true, Conor, then can we call trading standards because Red Stripe quite clearly says ‘Brewed in Jamaica’. Without even so much as inverted commas on either side.
    So it seems the moral conundrum is with Diageo – on two counts – not with the consumer.

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  7. On the other hand it’s very cheap & easy to park.

    I’ll kick off about it fo shizz

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  8. Anti gay, and tastes like crap. What more do you need to know?

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