Axe Body Spray Condemns Capitol Rioters—We're Only One Week into 2021

AXE Body Spray has spoken out against the U.S. Capitol riots after a deodorant can was found among the rubble in the aftermath of the violence.

On Wednesday, a violent mob made up of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the 2020 election results.

They left behind broken benches, smashed windows, damaged doors, wrecked offices, and plenty of trash, including a can of what appears to be AXE Marine body spray.

Mike DeBonis, a reporter for The Washington Post, shared a photo of the rogue can on Twitter and said: "Left by the mob: a lonely can of Axe body spray."

AXE Body Spray was quick to take a stand against the violence and distance themselves from the rioters.

Hours after the photo was shared, AXE retweeted DeBonis' tweet and said: "We'd rather be lonely than with that mob. AXE condemns yesterday's acts of violence and hate at the Capitol. We believe in the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power."

We'd rather be lonely than with that mob. AXE condemns yesterday's acts of violence and hate at the Capitol. We believe in the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power. https://t.co/vX727ZfvS8

— AXE (@AXE) January 7, 2021

Social media users were quick to point out the absurdity of AXE Body Spray having to take a stand against an attempted coup, while others suggested the body spray company's position was stronger than some Republicans.

Plus, following the unprecedented events of 2020, Twitter users expressed how AXE's statement sums up how bizarre the first days of 2021 have been already.

Writer Rob Rousseau said: "2016: Maybe it won't be that bad.

"2021: the Axe Body Spray Corporation stands firmly against the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government."

2016: Maybe it won't be that bad

2021: the Axe Body Spray Corporation stands firmly against the attempted overthrow of the US government

— Rob (@robrousseau) January 8, 2021

Political scientist Miranda Yaver said: "AXE body spray is taking a stronger stance on American democracy than are many Republican members of Congress."

Axe body spray is taking a stronger stance on American democracy than are many Republican members of Congress. https://t.co/N6PIks9dv1

— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@mirandayaver) January 8, 2021

LA Times reporter Julia Wick said: "Today in Not the Onion: AXE body spray has condemned the violence at the Capitol and believes in the peaceful transition of power."

Today in Not the Onion: Axe body spray has condemned the violence at the Capitol and believes in the peaceful transition of power. pic.twitter.com/NMY2B1CoGd

— Julia Wick (@sherlyholmes) January 8, 2021

Politics writer Laura Bassett said: "2021 has already jumped the shark when AXE body spray has to put out a statement on the insurrection."

2021 has already jumped the shark when Axe body spray has to put out a statement on the insurrection https://t.co/C8SGof77tB

— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) January 8, 2021

AXE Body Spray is not the only company to have condemned the Capitol riots. Ben and Jerry's urged for Trump to be removed from office in a statement which said: "Resign, impeach, 25th Amendment... not one more day."

However, Ben and Jerry's is known for speaking out on social issues, (the company has been a long-time supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, for example), so it did not come as a shock when the ice cream brand condemned white supremacy and demanded the removal of the president of the U.S.

AXE, on the other hand, is not known for taking a position on political issues, making their statement all the more surprising—adding a strange start to 2021.

U.S. Capitol Damage
Damage is seen inside the U.S. Capitol building early on January 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C., after supporters of President Donald Trump breached security and entered the building during a session of Congress. Among the trash left behind by the rioters was a can of AXE Body Spray. Olivier Douliery/Getty