Burger King is now the latest company to be actively boycotted against by conservatives, given the fast-food chain’s decision to pull its advertising out of Rumble, a video-sharing platform that has allowed comedian Russell Brand to remain in it amid controversies surrounding the comedian’s alleged mistreatment of women.
Brand has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Despite this, Burger King ultimately decided it was best to remove its advertisements from Rumble, which has continued to allow Brand to broadcast.
Unsurprisingly, YouTube, which censors speech it disagrees with, decided to demonetize Brand’s channel because of the allegations against the comedian.
Rumble has been pressured by high-ranking officials in the U.K. parliament, who recently sent a letter to the platform asking it to remove advertising revenue from Brand’s channel.
The news of Burger King’s disassociation from Rumble came from “The News Movement,” an account on TikTok.
“The move by several firms, selling everything from software to soft toys, to pull their ads from US-based Rumble follows the decision by YouTube to suspend ad revenue on the comedian’s channels – and Rumble’s refusal to follow suit,” the account reported.
It appears Burger King’s days of success are numbered, as the company may begin facing the same treatment that woke companies such as Bud Light and Target were subjected to.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, conservative commentator Dan Bongino said, “Burger King wants you to ‘have it your way.’ Who knew their ‘way’ was wokeism, censorship & cancel culture. Their burgers are s—t any way. Spend your money wisely.”
Charlie Kirk also denounced the fast-food chain’s actions writing on X, “Burger King has pulled its ads from Rumble because the free speech platform refuses to play judge, jury, and executioner of Russell Brand after the UK Governor demanded the platform demonetize him.”
Burger King has pulled its ads from Rumble because the free speech platform refuses to play judge, jury, and executioner of Russell Brand after the UK Governor demanded the platform demonetize him.
Reminder, Brand has not been convicted of a single crime.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 24, 2023
Commentary channel “The Quartering” also went after Burger King, saying the company “hates free speech.”
— TheQuartering (@TheQuartering) September 23, 2023
The allegations against Brand are serious and have been extensively covered by news organizations such as The Sunday Times, the Times of London, and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4’s Dispatches program, which have reported on claims from several women accusing Brand of mistreating them between the years 2006 and 2013, according to RedState.
Brand has consistently denied such allegations against him. In a video posted to his social media accounts, the comedian said he’s received “extremely disturbing” communications from a mainstream Television company and a newspaper “listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks.”
“But amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.” Brand added.