Watch ‘The Weekly’ Get In On The Coopers Controversy With Their Own Video, ‘Keeping It Heavy’
Only they weren't drinking light beer...
They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but I reckon the Coopers family would probably disagree.
For the past few days, the brewery has been slammed over their support of the Bible Society’s ‘Keeping It Light’ video, in which a pair of Liberal MPs debated the pros and cons of marriage equality over a couple of Coopers Premium Lights. The backlash saw beer drinkers threatening to boycott the brand, and eventually forced Coopers to publically apologise and declare their support for marriage equality.
In addition to dominating the news, the controversy has also proven to be great fodder for comedians. First SBS’s The Feed released their own fake Coopers commercial, and now the folks at The Weekly have staged a boozy debate of their own.
Dubbed ‘Keeping It Heavy’, the clip sees Charlie Pickering and Tom Gleeson square off about whether the original debate was in any way a good idea. Oh, and they also ditched the light beer in favour of the real thing.
“I just don’t think we should have elected officials promoting beer companies,” says Pickering.
“That’s bullshit,” replies Gleeson. “Coopers said they didn’t sponsor the video, they were just providing support.”
“Yeah yeah, financial support to the Liberal party,” fires back Pickering.
From there the video quickly descends into a mix of profanity, drunken singing and a quick trip into the bushes to have a wee. We also get Gleeson’s spot on Pickering impersonation: “I’m Charlie Pickering, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…marriage equality.”
Coopers beer walked into a PR disaster trying to ‘Keep It Light’
Which is why @nonstoptom and @charliepick are ‘Keeping It Heavy’#TheWeekly pic.twitter.com/o0uTO1QyTz
— The Weekly (@theweeklytv) March 15, 2017