Luis Cornelio, April 14, 2023
Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth said it was never the company’s intent to be a part of the transgender revolt.
“I am responsible for ensuring every consumer feels proud of the beer we brew. We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people. 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 said. “As CEO of Anheuser-Busch, I am focused on building and protecting our remarkable history and heritage.
Whitworth’s statement, however, did little to appease conservatives who accuse Anheuser-Busch of failing to properly apologize for the company’s endorsement of transgender ideology and woke propaganda.
“[Anheuser Busch’s response] is just as clumsy and stupid as the marketing stunt that got them into this mess in the first place,” said What is a woman? director and Daily Wire podcast’s Matt Walsh said.
“I have a hard time believing this,” Trending Politics co-owner Collin Rugg said via Twitter.
“He obviously knows marketing since he responded on a Friday afternoon knowing the story is dead by Monday,” author and podcaster Patrick Bet-David responded.
Conservative attorney and influencer Rogan O’Handley slammed Anheuser’s delayed response. “No apology for supporting the Trans movement days after a Trans Terrorist killed Christian kids in school,” he said. “No plan to work w/MAGA influencers.”
After 2 weeks of silence, @AnheuserBusch has finally come out with a statement that says…
No apology for supporting the Trans movement days after a Trans Terrorist killed Christian kids in school
No plan to work w/MAGA influencers
Just words w/no message pic.twitter.com/l3kmy6I3hI
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) April 14, 2023
“Way too late […] #BoycottBudLight,” MIGS director Greg J. Marchand MD said, calling on consumers to stop buying the pro-transgender beer.
Whitworth’s statement comes days after Anheuser-Busch lost more than $5 billion in value, the New York Post reported on April 12.
Bud Light attempted to downplay the partnership with Mulvaney, claiming the trans-inspired beers were never intended for public sale.
“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,” Bud Light told the Associated Press.
Bud Light’s response appeared to contradict the 2022 public sale of “limited-edition pronoun-inspired” cans during the celebration of LGBT pride.
Read Anheuser-Busch’s full response below: