The beer money guy gets to have another round after all.
The viral sensation who raised more than $1 million with a joke sign begging for beer money is getting his own official “Carson King Day” in his home state — and an “Iowa Legend” beer produced in his honor.
The 24-year-old was given the double tribute despite the revelation of a racist tweet he sent at 16 — which got him dumped by Busch Light, the brand his viral sign held up on ESPN’s “College Gameday” asked to get replenished.
But the biggest backlash ended up being aimed at the Des Moines Register for digging up the old tweets, especially after the reporter was exposed as having offensive messages of his own, according to The Washington Post.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ignored the controversy and on Wednesday signed an official proclamation naming this Saturday as “Carson King Day.”
“Individuals like Carson King demonstrate how ‘Iowa Nice’ isn’t just a slogan, but our way of life,” the proclamation says.
He was joined by King, who says he now hopes to raise $2 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
“Carson has shown that one person can make a difference, and one person can make a positive change — even through the unlikeliest of ways,” Reynolds said to laughter.
Geneseo Brewing Company, meanwhile, said it was so “appalled” by Busch dumping its support of King it was stepping in to produce its own “Iowa Legend” beer in his honor.
The beer will be sold in its brewpub and $1 from each pint or can sold will go towards King’s money-raising efforts, head brewer Glenn Cole said in a statement on Facebook.
With Post wires