SA beer group will scrap sexist labels, and now offers 'ladies' free drinks
· Joburg-based beer firm Vale Bru came under fire for its new marketing campaign for a range of “moist” beer styles, including the Easy Blonde and Filthy Brunette.
· After an outcry, Vale decided to scrap the beer range.
· It also is offering free beer to “ladies” who are willing to talk to them about sexism.
Craft beer firm Vale Bru has decided to remove its beers from shelves after an outcry about its approach to women in its marketing campaign.
Vale Bru’s “moist” and “gushing” range of beers included the Filthy Brunette, an Easy Blonde beer (with the tagline 'All your friends have already had her'), a Raven P*rra (an unflattering slang word for a Portuguese person) – “A porter with the best head in town” – and the Ripe Redhead.
This sparked an outrage among women in the industry, which an initial apology from Vale Bru failed to quell the anger.
On Thursday afternoon, the Edenvale-based firm issued a second
apology on social media. “We were insensitive and wrong, for which we apologise
unreservedly. We take full accountability for our actions and we plan on making
Vale Bru will now remove the names and labels of
beers with immediate effect. It will also redesign “inclusive branding” for all
their products “that stays true to [the] brand but considers society at large”.
They have removed all images and branding of the controversial beers off
their social media sites as “a sign of good faith”.
“We live in a fragile society which needs nurturing rather than polarising actions.”
Wanting to engage with the “ladies” they may have infuriated, Vale hopes to “meet and discuss a more rewarding outcome which garners positive sentiment, rather than divisive dissonance” with those offended. They even will throw in free drinks, saying: “The beer is on us if you agree to meet.”
Reactions to the online apologies have been varied.
Many were content with their reforms whilst others encouraged them to do better.
Vale wants to maintain its brand identity. “We will
continue to push the branding boundaries and represent the true nature of
Edenvale but we promise to do this with empathy and understanding.”
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