A man handed the mayor of Portland, Ore., a can of soda during a city council meeting on Wednesday, mocking the beverage giant's tone-deaf Kendall Jenner ad in an attempt to lighten up the tense gathering. "There's so many people that show up to city council, and just kind of get angry at you and yell at you". According to KGW, multiple city council meetings have been delayed or canceled in recent months due to protesters' actions.
One, a young man from Boston who introduced himself as Carlos Enrique, began lamenting the state of political discourse in the city.
"What I realized is that the language of resistance has not been properly translated to you, so this is for you", he said before pulling out a can of Pepsi to offer the council members, who appeared visibly shaken.
Enrique then approached the mayor, pulling from inside his jacket a can of Pepsi, handing the drink to his mayor. "So this is for you". Security rushes and takes Enrique away - but not before he opens up another Pepsi.
'Woah, woah, woah, not a good move, not a good move, ' Mayor Wheeler said as police quickly approached Enrique.
The mayor and those sitting on the bench with him looked immediately concerned, even when it became obvious that the man was offering him a can of Pepsi. "Not a smart move".
The stunt was a nod to this week's Pepsi ad featuring Jenner in which she leaves a photo shoot to give a police officer a Pepsi during a protest. The ad suggests a softened attitude from a police officer manning the protest after Jenner hands him a Pepsi.
The Boston Herald denied that Enrique had ever worked for the newspaper, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.