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Bud Light owner CEO responds to trans controversy

55th Wing Commander, Brigadier General James J. Jones ride in the buggy pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales. They rode past the historical area of Offutt AFB, NE including Generals Row. The Clydesdales were at Offutt AFB, NE to salute the military on 29 June 2008. (Air Force/Released)
April 14, 2023

The CEO of Anheuser-Busch has released a statement titled “Our Responsibility to America” following the controversy over a partnership deal with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney.

In the statement, released Friday, Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth did not explicitly address the controversy, but suggested that it was a misstep in the company’s messaging.

“We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people,” Whitworth stated. “We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”

“My time serving this country taught me the importance of accountability and the values upon which America was founded: freedom, hard work and respect for one another,” he added. “As CEO of Anheuser-Busch, I am focused on building and protecting our remarkable history and heritage.”

He said, “Moving forward, I will continue to work tirelessly to bring great beers to consumers across our nation.”

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The statement follows backlash to Bud Light’s branding partnership with Mulvaney, which prompted boycotts and public criticism from celebrities including musicians Kid Rock and Travis Tritt. Mulvaney posted a video on Instagram promoting a Bud Light sweepstakes competition and showed a beer can with his face on it that he said the company sent him.

In a statement addressing the controversy, Anheuser-Busch said, “From time to time we produce unique commemorative cans for fans and for brand influencers, like Dylan Mulvaney. This commemorative can was a gift to celebrate a personal milestone and is not for sale to the general public,” the New York Times reported.

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The fallout from the controversy also saw threats made to an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Missouri, resulting in the cancellation of some events involving the company’s iconic Clydesdale horses, Newsweek reported.