Friday 15 December 2017

'Not a good move' - A protester gave local Mayor can of Pepsi after cancelled Kendall Jenner ad

Kendall Jenner in the Pepsi ad
Kendall Jenner in the Pepsi ad
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A protester in Oregon in the US handed the Mayor a can of Pepsi, prompting a swift reaction from police.

Carlos Enrique was speaking at a meeting of a meeting of Portland City Council when he approached Mayor Ted Wheeler with a can of pepsi.

Two police officers at the meeting sprung to their feet as he approached the top of the room and reached into his pocket.

"Not a good move," Mayor Wheeler said.

"Thank you, don't do that again. Not a smart move. I do appreciate it but... please folks do not do that for your own safety," he said.

Local news outlet Oregon Live reported that meetings of the council were the scene of many acts of protests recently.

The move came on the same day that Pepsi was forced to apologise for a controversial ad featuring Kendall Jenner.

Viewers complained that the video undermined the Black Lives Matter movement and said they were "disappointed" in the model for getting involved.

In the video, Jenner (21) takes part in a photoshoot when the parade comes past waving banners that read "Join the conversation".

When a marcher nods at her to join in, she rips off her blonde wig and swaps her fancy dress for a T-shirt and jeans as she joins the crowd. She then hands a can of the drink to a police officer who smiles as her new friends laugh along.

"Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologise," Pepsi said.

Viewers bombarded social media saying the campaign downplayed the importance of real social movements against police violence.

 

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