Budweiser pulls out of Olympics due to terror concerns

Budweiser has pulled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, citting terrorism concerns.

The beer company apparently hosts a traditional huge beer bash at the Olympics.

But this year, TMZ reports, the company got cold feet because of the ever-increasing terror warnings about Sochi.

As we’d reportedly earlier, the warnings about Sochi have off the charts, with reports that one or more suicide bombers may already have gotten past Olympic security.

A US Senator, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also warned Americans to stay away, and the State Department issued a travel alert last month warning about terror, and other problems, at Sochi.

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And new threats are coming every day, including one now about exploding toothpaste aboard flights to Russia.

It’s also entirely possibly that Budweiser, while not an official Olympic sponsor, simply no longer wanted its brand associated with an Olympics that’s increasingly being tied to Russia’s oppressive crackdown on human rights.

Coca-Cola, an official Olympic sponsor, has been facing blistering criticism for Olympic security forces, emblazoned with Coke’s logo, detaining a gay dissident for waving a rainbow flag, then turning the gay human rights activist over to the Russian police for further questioning at headquarters.

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The white patches on his leg include Coke’s logo.

Coke didn’t do itself any favors when it subsequently issued a statement defending the Russian arrest of the human rights dissident.

Though maybe Bud’s cold feet came at the hands of company execs who simply weren’t too thrilled at the notion of being filmed while showering in their spy-cam-riddled Sochi Olympic hotel bathrooms.


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  • Shawn Cicero

    Sadly we seem to be making excuses of not doing as well, I only care about the hockey anyway.

  • fry1laurie

    Sure, we all laughed at conservatards “slippery slope” arguments about gays and gay marriage, but now Budweiser has given us Dog on Horse action. Putin’s got em’ dead to rights! (As is Russia, dead to all human rights).

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  • Bill_Perdue

    The reason is the same in every situation.There’s a social reservoir of anti-gay, racist, chauvinist and misogynist bigotries in all societies that’s created by religious cults and right wingers to divide people and divert attention for the problems of societies run by and for the rich.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0&feature=player_embedded

    Over time, the rich and their cult and political defenders move to pauperize most people to make the rich richer. That’s what’s going on in Russia, the US and Brazil – in fact, it’s going on all over the world. When that happens the powers that be engage in scapegoating as a diversion with the predictable outcome.

    Liberals and conservatives have little understanding of the origins of these bigotries and no perspective for how to put an end to them. Socialists do.

  • Silver_Witch

    I don’t drink beer either – I prefer the hard stuff!

  • Silver_Witch

    Sorry Naja – just happy to have someone act against the olympics

  • MyrddinWilt

    You know it is quite possible that the Russian Sotchi issues are no worse than the typical last minute olympic rush and that it is all just selective reporting by reporters who are ill disposed to Putin’s bigotry.

    If so, totally works for me. I am less bothered about whether Putin’s olympics are a fiasco than they are judged a fiasco.

    The thing that I can’t understand is why Putin wanted the games in the first place when the main sport involves nicely muscled young men sliding down a hill in a lubricated body condom. Nothing homo-erotic about that.

  • UncleBucky

    But Bill, I’m not that close to the stats and the background. But WHY is this wave of anti-LGBT behaviour mounting? Russia, Poland, I can understand. I never thought that France would go nuts. And Brazil???

    What is behind this wave? A reaction to LGBT people in the media? HOW they are portrayed in the media? Pride parades? Is there a boiler room somewhere pressure cooking the nuts?

    What do you think?

  • UncleBucky

    Oh, then the Russians will bus in another beer company more favourable to Putin’s hate agenda.

    Very well….

    I’M STILL NOT GOING TO WATCH, much less DO ANYTHING related to Olympics.

  • CA_2013

    But Ryan has nothing on the extraordinary exploits of Baby Kim of North Korea.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Honestly, there’s not a beer, ale, or lager I like at all.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So I take it it’s your position it was wrong to oppose and protest against apartheid in South Africa as long as there’s a single racist policy, law, or group remaining in America?

    The bullshit is the belief that the Olympics exists for any reason other than to make money. The athletes are being exploited.

  • Zorba

    I can tell the difference between Bud and Coors. But that does not say anything good about either of them, believe me.
    We drink micro-brews and some imported beers. And the beers that Daughter Zorba makes (she has gotten into beer making lately, and they are quite good).

  • Zorba

    It depends. Are you talking about marijuana buds? In which case, I say, yes!
    ;-)

  • Bill_Perdue

    What will they do when the summer olympics open in Brazil, to the strident opposition of tens of millions of working class protesters who don’t want the money wasted on the games.

    It’s time to get ready for the next round – Brazil.

    What will Budweiser do when the Brazilian government does nothing to stem the huge number of murders of gays which dwarfs the number of murder in the US, which in turn are far higher than the numbers in Russia.

    Brazil has never been hotter. …But behind the “Carnaval” mask, an ugly trend is emerging. Though the overall crime rate is down sharply in major cities, murders of gays and lesbians are on the rise. It’s especially acute in the most populous areas: Bahia, Minas Gerais, and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—precisely where police have made their biggest dents in criminal activity in general. Attacks against gays have climbed steadily for most of the last decade, with 272 murdered in 2011—one every 36 hours, according to Grupo Gay da Bahía, a leading gay-rights group that tracks antigay violence. This year, GGB reports, it’s even worse, with 75 murders in just the first 10 weeks. That’s one every 24 hours.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/08/brazil-s-surge-in-violence-against-gays-is-just-getting-worse.html

    photo sources – gay pride in Sao Paolo by news.xinhuanet – anti-government demonstrations in Rio – bbc – trans person murdered in Bahia – Source Homofobia Mata (Grupo Gay da Bahia)

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Nah. Paul Ryan’s the man you want. Runs two-minute miles, can climb any mountain in the world, punched out a shark on the way to work. He’s a one-man army if any man is.

  • FLL

    The Russian government is finally getting some blowback from major Western corporations. A couple days ago, AT&T denounced the Russian governments anti-gay campaign and called on the IOC to do likewise:

    http://blogs.att.net/consumerblog/story/a7793998

    I’m glad Budweiser is adding their company to what is hopefully a growing list.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    I’m sure Mitt could have handled this!

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    If you conducted blind tastings, would people be able to tell the difference between the two?

    I think it says something about Budweiser that they’ve been coming out with all these flavored versions. It says, “Our piss-water has so little flavor and character of its own that we can put strawberry flavoring in it and you won’t care.”

  • Thom Allen

    The yellow tap water doesn’t foam. Unless you shake it, then it foams and catches fire.

  • Thom Allen

    Maybe John McCain would volunteer as a one-man peacekeeping force in Sochi.

  • Thom Allen

    Pappy, you read my mind.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Brazilian-Belgian firm, actually, named “InBev”.

    All this bull shit has to stop.

    I agree. It’s time these fake and hopelessly corrupt modern “Olympics” died.

  • Richard

    I’m glad Bud is pulling out. That swill is an embarassement to be called beer. And besides it’s owned by a German company I believe. All this bull shit has to stop. Typical news media crap propaganda. Our country is represented by great people that have worked hard. Instead of going after Russia, why not take care of our own LGBT kids who are homeless and wondering the streets. Get off your soapboxes. BTW I am gay and not a Republican.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Judging from the smell, I figured it was cat pee… but I’ve never actually felt inclined to consume cat pee, so have never tried it.

  • nicho

    Honest mistake

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Because a Coors is truly yellow water?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Why would you curse us so?

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    That’s nice but let’s see some action.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bud didn’t want folks confusing that yellow tap water for their brewski.

  • pappyvet

    Would love for Anheuser Busch to make a statement about human rights

  • Silver_Witch

    Bud for everyone!!!!

  • caphillprof

    Isn’t it time that a House or Senate committee hauled the America Olympic Committee in for a hearing?

  • jomicur

    And for anyone who missed it this morning, the UN (in the person of Ban Ki-Moon) has condemned Russia’s anti-gay laws. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/06/sochi-olympics-ban-ki-moon-lgbt-prejudice

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