News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch charged that gay groups had “bullied” Guinness into pulling out of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, calling for a boycott of the Irish brewer.
Guinness announced on March 16 that it would not participate in the parade, citing the event’s exclusion of gay and lesbian groups. “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” the company said in a statement.
Now, I’m not much of a beer drinker, but if I was, today I’d be drinking a Guinness in support of the company’s policies and their pulling out of the parade.
It’s interesting to note that Murdoch calls on the Irish to boycott Guinness. There is strong support in Ireland for marriage equality. So my guess is, the Irish are just fine with their beer just the way it is.