So long, Richmeister.
Rob Schneider’s annoying co-worker character might have found a spot on “Saturday Night Live,” but the Richmeister will no longer breathe life in State Farm commercials. The insurance company has dropped its Schneider ads due to public criticism of the actor’s polarizing anti-vaccine beliefs, reports PRWeek.
Given that State Farm sells health policies, critics were opposed to the idea of the company featuring an actor who is actively against vaccinations, and eventually pressured State Farm to pull the ad.
“[Schneider’s] ad has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide,” says Phil Supple, State Farm’s director of public affairs, in a statement to PRWeek. “With that, we are working to remove the ad from our rotation at this time.”
In response to State Farm’s decision, Schneider took to Twitter to voice his thoughts.
“If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,”
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 24, 2014
Thanks to all my supporters who believe as I do that parents should decide what’s in the best interests of their child, not Gov’t mandates.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 25, 2014
Do you think State Farm should have pulled the commercial?