Pepsi at protest

screengrab via Vito Gesualdi/YouTube

Pepsi didn’t stop these riots at Berkeley

If you want to see how well a can of Pepsi actually solves the problems of a protest, look no further than this video.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Apr 26, 2017   Updated Apr 26, 2017, 12:56 pm CDT

A lot of people were outraged by Pepsi’s now infamous commercial, where model Kendall Jenner seemingly heals a broken nation by handing a police officer a soft drink. But did all the naysayers even try it? Who can really say whether or not a Pepsi can actually end a protest, and bring both sides together over the sweet goodness of a refreshing carbonated beverage?

Well, comedian Vito Gesualdi can. He drove down to Berkeley, California, to see if he could help Trump supporters and antifa protestors figure out how to get along.

Following Jenner’s example, he picked up a few 12-packs of Pepsi on the way.

It wasn’t too long before he hit his first hurdle. Police didn’t want to allow him to bring the cans into the official protest area, because they were afraid they would be used as projectiles.

no cans allowed

Eventually Gesualdi managed to sneak a few cans into the protest, where he began trying to hand them out, but not everyone seemed super interested.

brawlers ignore pepsi

smoke bomb and pepsi

cop does not want a pepsi

Of course a few people did end up taking one.

camo hat guy takes pepsi

superdude wants a pepsi

Including this guy who, um, well… used it as a projectile.

Eventually Gesualdi ran out of soda and decided to call it day, but then, perhaps magically, someone showed up and offered him a Pepsi.

Gesualdi gets a pepsi

It appears hate is still winning, but the lovers ain’t done.

Gesualdi drinks a pepsi

H/T BroBible

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*First Published: Apr 26, 2017, 7:24 am CDT