Titled “Worlds Apart: An Experiment,” the two-minute-long commercial shows six strangers paired up, unaware that their partners hold opposing views to their own. After the pairs follow instructions to build a bar together, a video plays of each person voicing their opinions on hot-button issues like transgender rights, climate change and feminism.
The experiment concludes with a choice: to leave or to discuss those differences over a beer.
All three pairs choose to talk at the bar, some seeming open to changing their views.
The ad has received praise online.
However, others were skeptical about how realistic the commercial is, or if it was staged. Heineken responded on Twitter, saying there was no acting, and that the ad features “real stories.”
Some also questioned whether people could really change their views so easily.
Some even pointed out that the commercial bore similarities to the controversial Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner, by apparently implying that a drink could solve problems.