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Bud Light And Trump Junior: Crimes Against Humanity
A Ladd Ehlinger short
“We’ll remember that a company that helps mainstream a pro-child sterilization activist is an existential threat to the future of humanity,” filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger declares, telling Budweiser and Donald Trump, Jr that “a merciless example must be made of you.”
Budweiser is still reeling from consumer blowback over an advertising campaign which Ehlinger calls “the marketing equivalent of cold fusion.” Alissa Heinerscheid, VP of marketing for Budweiser, tried to sell cheap beer using TikTok “trans influencer” Dylan Mulvaney.
As Julian Vigo has reported, Mulvaney is a commercial product himself, produced for the very purpose of attracting young people to fading products.
“Hiring a pro-sterilization activist to do the world’s worst Audrey Hepburn routine is weaponized stupidity,” Ehlinger says.
A believer in free markets and free expression, he is out for blood. “There must be a devastating cost for brainwashing and sterilizing children, for turning them into purple haired perverted zombies shuffling around like nationless and sexless kaiju.”
Self-censorship is the final stage of fascism, according to fascism experts on the internet. On that note, Ehlinger has posted his video only at Rumble. He fears that YouTube will take it down and put a strike on his account.
His fear is not unreasonable. Some critics of “gender identity” and its medicalized harms have been censored or suppressed by YouTube. Conservative views have been subject to demonetization and outright bans.
That is a pity, because Ehlinger’s video deserves the viral reach that only YouTube really provides, out of all the video platforms. He is a master of the pop culture reference, overlaying South Park audio or black-and-white TV visuals narrated in his curmudgeon voice.
“It’s time to send a message to all the others that there will be a devastating cost for participating in this worldwide effort to brainwash and sterilize our children,” Ehlinger says over a clip of Godzilla smashing a foe into the ground.
Ehlinger takes Donald Trump, Jr. to task for defending Bud Light. As a company, Budweiser supports the Republican Party much more than the Democratic Party. Trump Jr. called for an end to the consumer boycott in a video last month.
“This is not an attack on transgender people or the gender dysphoric,” Ehlinger says, countersignalling with a frightening TikTok personality, for they are “victims” here, too.
Instead, “I’m attacking those who want to bring about the depopulation of the planet,” he says.
Who are they? Ehlinger mentions three categories. As we have noted here at The Distance, the cult of climate doom is a major contributor to the anti-natalist fever of our time. Ehlinger also mentions the role of Davos-style elitism, which we have also covered.
Ehlinger adds China, which is not a focus of our work here, to the list. Nevertheless, he notes, as we have, that the TikTok app encouraging American children to sterilize themselves is profoundly different from the app that Chinese children are allowed to use.
Beijing has tried anti-natalism as a policy before, so they understand how profoundly negative its consequences can be. Meanwhile, Americans are too busy hating themselves for being a supposedly-racist country to notice that China is extremely racist.
He has a point. Having known Ladd Ehlinger for over a decade, I am not surprised to see him express a heterodox view, either. His video is a good example of how the gender issue scrambles the political tribes within America’s two-party system. There will be no “anti-gender identity political party.” Instead, both parties will see an ideological division between grassroots and elites.
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