Anti-Vaxxer threaten to boycott Tesco after vaccination reports are reported
Anti-vaccine activists slammed a new Tesco Christmas advertisement threatening to boycott the supermarket chain.
Tesco debuted its Christmas advertising in the UK and Ireland over the weekend in 2021.
Against the background of a soundtrack from Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, a scene in the advertisement shows Santa Claus trying to cross border security and threatened with the prospect of quarantine.
People walk past a Tesco Express in central London on September 30, 2019. – Tesco, the UK’s largest grocery retailer, will announce its first half results on October 2nd. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN / AFP via Getty Images)
But when Santa Claus takes out his vaccination certificate and shows it to the border guards, he is still allowed to give presents to the children of the world.
The ad received a positive response from most viewers, but some were less than happy with the content of the video.
Over the weekend, Anti-Vaxxers launched a # BoycottTesco campaign on social media in response to the clip.
Former You Are What You Eat presenter Gillian McKeith slammed the ad in a tweet claiming the supermarket was celebrating “discrimination and segregation”.
#tesco has a new Christmas ad celebrating #discrimination and #segregation over a stuck Santa Claus showing off his medical status! Who in management thought this was a good idea with their right mind? If you don’t #BoycottTesco you are # complicit pic.twitter.com/RcR8EsJC42
– Gillian McKeith (@GillianMcKeith) November 14, 2021
She wrote on Twitter: ‘#tesco has a new Christmas ad celebrating #discrimination and #segregation over a stuck Santa Claus showing off his medical status! Who in management thought this was a good idea with their right mind? ‘
McKeith ended the tweet by saying, “If you don’t #BoycottTesco, you are # complicit.” She wasn’t the only one with negative things to say about Tesco’s advertising.
An account under the name “Mr Free Speech” exclaimed, “Keep politics out of corporations. We have to boycott Tesco. He also asked for a formal apology from Tesco.
I’ve used @Tesco my entire life, I will never shop in any of their stores again unless a formal apology is made to #BoycottTesco
Keep the politics ours by the corporations! We need to boycott Tesco https://t.co/HsSKSLU7L6
– Mr Freedom of Expression – Centrefuter – Anti-Pfizer (@Centrefuter) November 14, 2021
While the ad has had its critics, it also has plenty of fans on social media.
One wrote: “All anti-Vaxxers are boycotting Tesco because of a Covid pass in the ad so that we others don’t have to risk being around them when shopping? ‘
The ad is inspired by the public’s determination not to let the virus affect their Christmas holidays. The Tesco Christmas Report 2021 says that 86% of people claim that “nothing is going to stop them” from having a great Christmas.