Sun-Made raisin company lowers sponsor bands with the minor league baseball team the Fresno Grizzlies after a & # 39; misleading and offensive & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video that AOC as an American & # 39; opponent & # 39; depicted
- The Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies apologized for Monday for a & # 39; misleading and offensive & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
- The video, which was shown on the scoreboard between the games during Monday's doubleheader, contained several images of United States armed servants
- The images include a voice from Ronald Reagan's inaugural address in 1981, in which he warned of American & # 39; opponents & # 39; and & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39;
- During that part of the video the image of AOC was seen together with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the deceased former Cuban president Fidel Castro
- According to a team statement: & # 39; A pre-produced video … had to be a moving tribute (but) ended with a number of misleading and offensive edits & # 39;
- The team added: & # 39; We are ashamed that we have allowed this video to play without first seeing it in its entirety. We offer our unconditional apologies for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & # 39;
- Despite the apologies, Sun-Maid raisin company withdrew its sponsorship on Thursday and said that the termination of support was the right thing to do
A sponsor has broken ties with a baseball team from the minor minor in California that played a Memorial Day video in which Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was compared with Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.
The raisin company Sun-Maid ended the sponsorship of the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday after the attacking video was played in the break on Monday.
The company acknowledged that Grizzlies had apologized, but said that ending the sponsorship was the right choice.
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Three minutes after the Fresno Grizzlies & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video, as Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents & # 39 ;, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is depicted between images of protesters Jong-un, Castro and Antifa
Fidel Castro (left) was also included in the video, suggesting that the deceased former Cuban president and Ocasio-Cortez both & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; to be. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (right) was also depicted after Ocasio-Cortez in the video
The video also suggested that Antifa protesters are among American & # 39; opponents & # 39; found.
The video, which was shown on the scoreboard between the games during Monday's double header, contained several images of United States armed servants and had a voice from President Ronald Reagan's inaugural address in 1981.
Three minutes after the video, as Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents of America & # 39 ;, Ocasio-Cortez is depicted among images of protesters Jong-un, Castro and Antifa.
& # 39; We are aware of the issue with the Memorial Day tribute video being shown in the base between the games of Monday & # 39; s doubleheader & # 39 ;, read a statement from the team.
& # 39; A pre-produced video from outside our front office has been selected; Unfortunately, what was a moving tribute ended with a number of misleading and offensive edits, which made a statement that was not our intention and certainly not our opinion.
& # 39; We apologize to our fans and our community for the mistake and for not properly evaluating the video. We also apologize for those who have served the country and are currently serving for the unnecessary distraction on such a solemn day. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez has not discussed the issue publicly. Her office did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment. On Monday she tweeted her own message to the military
As USA Today reported, the employee responsible for playing the video has been identified.
Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman told USA Today that in the future the team & # 39; an abundance of caution & # 39; will use and probably not broadcast Internet video & # 39; s at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
Ocasio-Cortez has not discussed the issue publicly. Her office did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.
Monday she tweeted her own message to armed servants: & # 39; Today, # Memorial Day, we honor the lives of everyone who gave his life, both abroad and at home, in the service of our country. It is a tough day for many. Take the time to be there for each other; to check in, share stories, reflect or silently mark with a moment of gratitude. & # 39;
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