Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rant where he declared “screw your freedom” in advocating for wearing masks has lost him a corporate sponsor for his bodybuilding event.
REDCON1, a sports nutrition brand, told Fox News “To be clear we did not pull out of the event because of a mask issue. We understand the importance of public safety as well as the responsibilities all event organizers. These are unprecedented times and we’re aligned with public safety for all. We elected to discontinue support due to Arnold’s comment, ‘Screw Your Freedoms,’”
“With the global influence Arnold personally possesses we find that ideology dangerous and anti-American,” they continued.
“REDCON1 is a patriotic pro-freedom brand rooted in the uncompromising unapologetic belief that you, as an American, are entitled to your freedoms and opinion and should not be insulted or persecuted for having a varying view. We support everyone’s individual freedoms,” REDCON1 concludes.
Aaron Singerman, the founder of the company also wrote on Instagram “For the last 15 years I’ve been attending the Arnold Classic, and for at least a decade I’ve been a sponsor of the contest. I’ve loved Arnold as long as I remember, and credit him for my initial interest in bodybuilding and fitness. I’ve looked at him as a role model.”
“A guy who had nothing and no advantages, who never made an excuse, and created tremendous success. He became an icon based on his work ethic, his charisma, and his grit. It’s with a heavy heart and some genuine sadness, that REDCON1 has decided to discontinue any and all support for the Arnold Classic and the other Arnold related events around the world,” he continues.
“We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars being a top sponsor of the event, and this year the exclusive sponsor of the webcast, but we can’t in good Conscience continue to support & be involved with someone who has such diametrically opposed beliefs,” Singerman concludes.
Appearing with Trump Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman and CNN’s Bianna Golodryga, last week Schwarzenegger delivered a message for those against mask and vaccine mandates.
“Screw your freedom.” Arnold said emphatically. “Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities.”
Guy from Austria: “screw your freedom”
Guy from Ukraine *nods approvingly”
CNN analysts *smiles* https://t.co/NQvpQDrcLE
— Dr. Ricardo Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) August 12, 2021