Chance the Rapper called out companies he believes bait viewers with racist imagery Sunday evening.
On Twitter, Chance said he believes companies purposefully release controversial, racist ads to garner more views.
“And that shit racist/bogus so I guess I shouldn’t help by posting about it,” he said. “But I gotta just say tho. The ‘sometimes lighter is better’ Heineken commercial is terribly racist omg.”
Chance was referring to the Heineken ad for its low-calorie beer that uses the tagline, “Sometimes, lighter is better.” In the ad, a bartender slides a Heineken to a woman who isn’t enjoying a glass of wine. It slides past several Black people, before landing in front of the woman, who appears to be Hispanic. After the tagline, she appears to be talking to two white men.
The Chicago rapper responded to his own original tweet and clarified he wasn’t calling for his fans to boycott Heineken or call the beer brand out—he was just making an observation.
Other folks on Twitter had a mixed reaction to his tweet. While some agreed with Chance, others felt it was a bit of a reach.
Yeah wtf I swear nobody saw the vid they legit slid the beer past a ton of black ppl then once it came to the white ppl they say sometimes lighter is better that’s high key sus— ((RETIREDSOUNDCLOUDRAPPER)) (@boosterisgold) March 26, 2018
I wouldnt have thought so but the beer sliding past 3 dark skinned folks kinda feels like it implies the thought thats lighter is better smh— Erica lemon (@LemonErica) March 26, 2018
reaching pretty far pic.twitter.com/R3nh8RGqz3— austin (@austinweisen) March 26, 2018
Just saw this ad and immediately recognized the racialized message without having seen any tweets about it previously. I do not think this was a coincidental mistake. It comes across as very intentional. @Heineken NO!— shannonbieger (@shannonbieger) March 26, 2018
Heineken has yet to respond.
Update 7:18am CT, March 28: Heineken has pulled the ad.