If you haven’t recently left Facebook, or you’ve been living without an internet connection of late, you may have noticed that Coopers — one of Australia’s most loved breweries — is copping a lot of heat right now.
So you might be wondering: where did it all begin, and why are pubs and bars around the country now boycotting the 154-year-old company?
The controversy began for the South Australian brewery on Friday, when the Bible Society of Australia released a seven-minute-long video showing Liberal MPs Tim Wilson and Andrew Hastie sipping on a couple of Coopers Premium Lights while discussing marriage equality in Australia.
Wilson, a gay, non-religious Victorian MP, is pro-marriage equality. Hastie, a heterosexual Christan MP from WA, is anti-same sex marriage.
Titled 'Keeping it light', the video was filmed in celebration of the Bible Society's 200th anniversary, with the message of the debate being it's okay for people to agree to disagree on the topic of marriage equality and those who do not support equality (i.e. the Bible Society of Australia and Hastie) deserve to have their views respected.
The video comes across as a blatant ad campaign for Coopers beer and the Bible Society of Australia and, in turn, an anti-same-sex marriage stance.
Listen: Cath Pope discusses the need for marriage equality on Fighting for Fair. (Post continues after audio.)