OREO is continuing its history of showing love and support to LGBTQ+ communities for LGBTQ+ History Month by releasing a limited-edition pack of rainbow OREOs.
The packages feature 7 different creme fillings to mark the colors of the Pride flag. You won’t be able to find them in stores, however, as OREO is giving them out for free to celebrate and reward acts of allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.
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For this giveaway, OREO is teaming up with PFLAG National, a nationwide organization for parents, family, allies, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. All folks have to do to enter to win is post a photo representing what allyship means to them on Instagram or Twitter. You also have to tag the OREO brand and use the hashtags #ProudParent and #giveaway to take part.
Only 10,000 packages of the unique OREOs will be available, and OREO has no plans to put them in stores. This is similar to past campaigns, including a 2019 set of “Pronoun Packs” of OREOs that were also distributed for free during Pride month.
OREO has received hate for such campaigns in the past, and continues to do so for their newest one. (Seriously, the homophobia in some tweets responding to their above video are disturbing.)
The rainbow cookie giveaway, however, represents a heartwarming to show allyship without attempting to profit off of it.
Whenever a brand gets involved in a social movement, one of the first things you should wonder is if there is any shred of genuine interest, or are they just taking advantage of the moment.
In 2017, Pepsi got dragged when it chose supermodel Kendall Jenner to lead its Black Lives Matter-inspired commercial, and more recently Gillette caused quite a stir with its toxic masculinity-fueled commercial.
With LGBT Pride Month approaching this June, we’re already starting to see brands commit to LGBT products and promotions, and at least in Los Angeles, Pride Days are becoming a mainstay in professional sports, whether at Dodger Stadium or Banc of California Stadium, where the Los Angeles Football Club plays.
It’s great to see strides are being made to celebrate the LGBT community and maintain a culture of acceptance that wasn’t always there. The added awareness has become somewhat of a double-edged sword, however, and no brand is a better example of a cultural tug-of-war in this situation than Absolut Vodka.
Since at least 2012, Absolut Vodka has been very busy with their Pride campaigns, and just this week they announced their colorful Pride-inspired bottle would not only be available for Pride Month, but now permanently.
Absolut has had to tread carefully, however, as alcoholism has been a tragic subject in the LGBT community.
According to Alcohol Rehab Guide, “Up to 25 percent of the general LGBTQ community has moderate alcohol dependency, compared to 5 to 10 percent of the general population.”
You can imagine the struggle of having such a huge brand wanting to support a movement, but at the same time having to deal with that kind of heartbreaking statistic.
To further get a feel for this issue, Foodbeast designer Sam Brosnan, who identifies as part of the LGBT community, affirmed that “brand ties to the community helps increase exposure to LGBT issues,” but at the same time conjure deserved concern that an alcohol brand is specifically targeting a community that is at an elevated risk for substance abuse.
From the moment Absolut publicly advocated for LGBT rights, to even now, the spirit brand has been questioned for their motives.
As the close-knit community has grown, so has the commercialization of it.
Obviously, sponsorship is critical in festivals, particularly Pride Festivals that often host hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of guests globally. As with festivals of any kind, food and drinks are standard, and it helps when brands like Absolut or even Skyy Vodka provide support.
Skyy Vodka said it has supported LGBT rights for decades, being particularly vocal over the last five years in its support for gay marriage. They’ve been known for teaming up with groups such as Freedom For All Americans, and even partnered with the LGBT-based Amazon Prime TV show, “Transparent.”
Absolut at least seems genuine in its support, not only releasing Pride-inspired bottles over the years, but actually reaching out to the Pride flag’s designer, Gilbert Baker, for help.
While the relationship between brand and social movement might always be a little torn, on the surface, Absolut seems to be bringing more good energy than bad.
So when you see that rainbow bottle in the liquor aisle, just know there is a lot of history and thought that has stemmed from it. In the end, it’ll be up to you to decide if it is worthy of being the drink you chug during your next celebration.