Country music star Garth Brooks is facing boycott threats after recently announcing that his new bar in Nashville will serve “every brand of beer,” including Bud Light, which has been targeted by conservatives in a widespread boycott.
After Bud Light partnered with Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender influencer, in April, conservatives began a boycott of the company, which resulted in the company losing billions of dollars as both bars and consumers shifted away from serving and purchasing Bud Light products.
Brooks recently told Billboard that he is hoping his new “Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk” in the South Broadway District of Nashville will be “the Chick-fil-A of honky-tonks.”
“I want it to be a place you feel safe in, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another,” he said. “And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are. It’s not our decision to make. Our thing is this: if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.”
Brooks’ comments have been met with significant backlash from his conservative fans, with #boycottgarthbrooks already at over 30,000 views on Twitter.
“We don’t put up with that, you know why? We’re Americans, bro,” one TikToker said on social media. “We fight for what’s right. We fight for what’s true. We don’t cater to mental illness. No. Garth Brooks, go hide under a rock. You’re irrelevant. Not worth a word anymore. You know what? I don’t listen to any of your songs anymore.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-Fla.) also showed his support of the boycott, tweeting, “I’m sure glad we have Garth Brooks to tell us who is and isn’t an asshole.”
According to Insider, Brooks has faced boycott threats in the past when conservatives pushed back against his performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021.