Budweiser has chosen the charged political issue of immigration as the subject of its Super Bowl LI commercial.
The 60-second spot explains the origin story of the beer company’s immigrant co-founder, Adolphus Busch.
The ad, titled “Born the Hard Way,” begins with a young, German-born Busch being told, “You’re not wanted here! Go back home!” The big budget production eventually sees Busch land on the shores of St. Louis where he built his mega-brewery.
Ricardo Marques, vice president and executive for the Budweiser brand in the U.S., says the company’s pro-immigration Super Bowl ad is “relevant today,” in light of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and his executive order intended to tighten security along the U.S.-Mexico border and enhance enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is a multinational beverage and brewing company with global headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.