Portland Protester Gives Mayor Pepsi

Kelly Massey
April 8, 2017

Shortly after Pepsi pulled a controversial ad featuring Kendall Jenner, Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler found himself starring in a similar but momentarily scary situation during a city council meeting. "It made me kind of wonder", he told the council, "how can someone just endure people coming and berating you every week and everyone gets mad and you say I'm signing the ordinance anyway?"

The Portland meeting came to a halt Wednesday morning (April 5), when protester Carlos Enrique barged in and handed Wheeler the beverage from his jacket. "... if this were the Boston city council, that would've ended differently", he added.

Enrique, who claimed to be a former Boston Herald journalist who had recently moved to OR, said he has attended many city council meetings in different cities and noticed that citizens in Portland often responded to officials with anger and criticism - more so than he had seen in other cities.

He later continued, "What I realized is that the language of resistance has not been properly translated".

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He was then escorted out of the meeting by police officers. Don't do that again.

Maybe we were all too quick to dismiss Pepsi's Kendall Jenner ad. "Don't do that again", Wheeler said as he took the can of fizzy drink, visibly embarrassed, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In the ad, which the soda company has since pulled, the peak of cringeworthiness comes when Jenner breaks ranks from the protest to offer one of the riot cops standing in front of her a can of Pepsi.

"I'm a former journalist for the Boston Herald, so I've covered city council quite extensively", the man said, which is a claim the Boston Herald has since denied.

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