Backfired: LGBTQIA+ bars are now the ones boycotting Bud Light

LGBTQIA+ venues are ditching Bud Light over claims its parent company “abandoned” trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

After inciting a collective tantrum amongst far-right bigots everywhere, Anheuser-Busch, the company that owns Bud Light, has dropped Dylan Mulvaney as their spokesperson.

The scale of the backlash to seeing the face of a trans woman on a Bud Light beer can was embrassingly massive – from smashing storeshelves, to bomb threats and to every form of destruction thought possible.

Addressing the uproar, Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch, released a statement saying that he “never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people”.

The statement also clarified that Anheuser-Busch’s priority is brewing a beer that “Americans can be proud of”.

However, community members were quick to slam the statement for “caving” to the bigots:

Bud Light’s shoe now on the other foot

Since the decision to drop Dylan, many LGBTQIA+ have now opted to hold their own boycott and to stop selling Bud Light.

One of these bars is Sidetrack Bar in Chicago, which took to Instagram to say the company’s move to distance itself from Mulvaney “strongly brings into question their support of the LGBTQ+ community”.

“For 41 years Sidetrack has encouraged liquor and beer companies that have wished to garner the LGBTQ+ customer base to actively support our community,” the bar wrote.

“Bud Light’s recent decision to drop the Dylan Mulvaney campaign, to put on ‘leave’ those who created it, as well as the statement by its CEO, wrongfully validates the position that it is acceptable to acquiesce to the demands of those who do not support the trans community and wish to erase LGBTQ+ visibility.”

Sidetrack says that it will no longer sell any products from Anheuser-Busch until it can “clearly demonstrate they will not acquiesce to voices of hate that wish to erase LGBTQ+ existence”.

2Bears Tavern Group and other bars expressed similar sentiments and called for holding the brand accountable.

The company’s “decision to drop its support of Mulvaney … shows how little Anheuser-Busch cares about the LGBTQIA+ community, and in particular transgender people, who have been under unrelenting attack in this country,” the group wrote in the Instagram post announcing their boycott.

“We must also hold brands accountable if they take active steps against LGBTQ+ equality, visibility and safety.”

2Bears Tavern Group also took aim at Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth’s statement, saying it was “tantamount to saying that the rights and safety of transgender people aren’t worthy of debate”.

Dylan Mulvaney’s response

Following the transphobic backlash against her, Dylan Mulvaney shared a video on her TikTok addressing the situation.

While she initially took a break from social media during the backlash, she has since explained that depite wanting to “take the backseat”, she wanted to reconnect with her fans:

“I’ve been offline for a few weeks and a lot has been said about me, some of which is so far from my truth, that I was hearing my name, and I didn’t even know who they were talking about sometimes,” she said.

The TikTok sensation said she chose to return to the platform because there are “nearly 13 million people enjoyed me enough at some point to hit the follow button on these apps, and I was like, wait, I wanna talk to those people”.

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Nate Woodall

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