- Miller Lite launched a Women’s History Month campaign called “Bad $#!T to Good $#!T” which aimed at rectifying the brand’s history of objectifying women in ads, promising to support female brewers and endorsing a more respectful advertising approach.
- Post-launch, the campaign has seemingly disappeared from the company’s online presence, with its video removed from Twitter and TikTok, and YouTube video set as “unlisted.” Instagram comments on campaign-related posts are disabled, and no previous comments are visible.
- Molson Coors, the parent company of Miller Lite, defended the campaign, reiterating the campaign’s focus on promoting equality in beer advertisements and denying any controversy surrounding it.
In the month of March, Miller Lite made headlines when it introduced an audacious marketing campaign to honor Women’s History Month. Titled “Bad $#!T to Good $#!T,” the initiative aimed to tackle the beer industry’s sexist advertising history, specifically addressing Miller Lite’s own past practices of objectifying women.
But the bold move has been overshadowed by a puzzling retreat. Just two months after the launch, the campaign has all but vanished from the company’s social media platforms.
The campaign video has been removed from Twitter and TikTok, while its status on YouTube has been changed to “unlisted.” Any discussions related to the campaign on Instagram have been silenced as the comments sections have been disabled.
The campaign, featuring actress and comedian Ilana Glazer, took an unflinching look at the beer industry’s history of exploiting women’s bodies to sell their product.
Molson Coors, the parent company of Miller Lite, stood by the campaign, arguing that the intent was clear: to reform beer advertising and create a more respectful industry environment for women.
Despite the company’s defense, the campaign’s abrupt online disappearance raises questions about the true intentions and motivations behind the initiative.
Was this an act of corporate bravery that was misunderstood, or a marketing misstep hastily swept under the carpet? The full story remains to be disclosed.
In the world of big business and advertising, actions speak louder than words. The recent saga involving Miller Lite’s Women’s History Month campaign, “Bad $#!T to Good $#!T,” is a perfect illustration of this. Despite the company’s initial bravado in tackling its history of sexist advertising, the sudden disappearance of the campaign from its social media platforms speaks volumes.
Molson Coors’ defense of the campaign is laughable. The company claims the campaign was about promoting equality in beer advertisements. But the facts tell a different story. If the company truly believed in its campaign, it wouldn’t have retreated at the first sign of controversy.
The bottom line is this: if you’re going to take a stand, you have to be willing to face the music when things get tough. Miller Lite’s handling of this campaign reflects poorly on its commitment to change.
It’s a stark reminder that in the realm of corporate responsibility, talk is cheap. True change requires more than just grand gestures and PR spins; it demands consistency, persistence, and most importantly, courage to stick to one’s guns even when the going gets tough.
Or maybe, just maybe…. we keep the politics out of beer.