Who doesn’t want a catchy, possibly viral advertisement for their company, right? Well, Smirnoff Vodka, a brand from the British Diageo company, certainly seems to have created one, but it comes at the expense of the President of the United States and his possible collusion with Russia.
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last six months or so, President Trump’s campaign has been under investigation by the FBI and Congress for possible collusion with a hostile foreign government, Russia. While investigators continue to dig deeper into the campaign’s connections and conversations with Russian officials, both before and after the election, The President continues to deny any such collusion by himself or those working for him. The President has recently stated that he would be willing to testify under oath to refute many of the claims former FBI director James Comey made last week about him. Meanwhile New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently urged the President to do just that, testify under oath.
Smirnoff’s latest ad, which has appeared on multiple billboards here in the United States, has seemingly taken advantage of the current news cycle. It reads as follows:
“Made in America. But we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.”
While the ad is certain to turn a portion of vodka drinkers off here in the United States, the British Diageo company likely has taken a look at Trump’s recent approval ratings (hovering around 35%) and felt as if the potential viral nature of such an ad would make up for any lost customers due to political reasons.