Bruce Springsteen: News Of DWI Arrest Comes Days After Jeep Super Bowl Ad
Bruce Springsteen was charged for driving while intoxicated in November 2020. The incident also led to two other citations, one for reckless driving and one for consuming alcohol in a closed area, according to reports. The news has emerged at an awkward moment, coming just days after Springsteen starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep, where he shared a message of unity while behind the wheel.
Bruce Springsteen is receiving backlash after news of a DWI arrest emerged days after he starred in a Jeep ad during the Super Bowl.
On Wednesday, TMZ was first to report on the incident that occurred in November 2020. Springsteen, 71, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in New Jersey. He was then charged for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. He'll reportedly appear in court in coming weeks and was "cooperative throughout the arrest," TMZ writes.
Bruce Springsteen arrest news follows Jeep Super Bowl ad
News of Springsteen's arrest comes at an awkward moment, as just days earlier he had starred in a Jeep commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Titled "The Middle," the ad featured The Boss himself driving a Jeep while preaching a patriotic message of unity, hope, and reconnection for America amid divisive days.
The Middle. pic.twitter.com/dbsgWV35i0— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) February 8, 2021
The ad sees Springsteen—behind the wheel of a Jeep at varying times throughout—telling Super Bowl viewers of the need to "cross this divide" in today's society, "between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear." He also takes a drink from an unclear glass at one moment. The commercial concludes with a map of the U.S. labelled: "The ReUnited States of America."
Bruce Springsteen's Jeep commercial got mixed reception
The Springsteen-Jeep ad was among the more notable Super Bowl commercials of 2021, though it was met with a mixed reception from critics and the musician's fans alike. Springsteen last released an album, Letter to You, in October of last year, just a few weeks before his arrest.
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