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Rupert Murdoch Calls Guinness 'a Bully,' and Urges Boycott for the Brewer's Pro-Gay Stance

News Corp. head tweets 'all Irish' should boycott the iconic stout.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch charged that gay groups had "bullied" Guinness into pulling out of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, calling for a boycott of the Irish brewer.

Guinness announced on March 16 that it would not participate in the parade, citing the event's exclusion of gay and lesbian groups. "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year's parade," the company said in a statement.

Murdoch denounced the decision on Twitter, writing that he hoped "all Irish boycott the stuff":



Luke Brinker is Salon's deputy politics editor. Follow him on Twitter at @LukeBrinker.

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