For the better part of the last 15 years attending the Arnold Classic was a highlight in my personal and professional career. I can vividly remember the first time we (REDCON1) title sponsored the event. There was such a sense of pride and accomplishment that REDCON1 had finally arrived.
I’ve loved Arnold (Schwarzenegger) for as long as I remember and credit him for my initial interest in bodybuilding and fitness. I’ve looked up to him as a role model.
He entered America with passion that he, too, could achieve the American dream. Of course, it wasn’t easy, and he pushed through language barriers, poverty, and dramatic cultural differences. His dedication to the sport and perseverance helped him not only reach but achieve more than he ever imagined.
A guy who had nothing and no advantages, who never made an excuse, and created tremendous success. He became an icon based on his work ethic, his charisma, and his grit.
It’s with a heavy heart and some genuine sadness that REDCON1 has decided to discontinue support for the Arnold Classic and the other Arnold-related events around the world.
We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars being a top sponsor of the event, and this year the exclusive sponsor of the webcast, but we can’t in good conscience continue to support & be involved with someone who has such diametrically opposed beliefs.
Anyone who says “screw your freedoms” is un-American, and REDCON1 is a patriotic pro-freedom brand and community. We support freedom of choice.
With that, we take a hard stance for the rights and freedoms of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation or personal beliefs. REDCON1 is rooted in the uncompromising unapologetic belief that you are entitled to your opinion and should not be insulted or persecuted for having a varying view.
We choose you and your rights over and above an organization led by Arnold, who isn’t aligned with American views.