Actor Rob Schneider has said he thinks singer Garth Brooks’ “ego” may have clouded his judgment when he decided to speak out and defend the sale of Bud Light beer.
Last week, the 61-year-old country music singer justified his decision to sell the tarnished brand at his Nashville bar after some fans said they would no longer listen to his music.
The beer suffered a massive boycott from drinkers following the controversy with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney, but Brooks said he would continue to store the beer noting that it was is committed to “inclusivity”.
speaking on FoxNewsSchneider suggested that given the hypersensitivity of the issue, it might be wiser for people, including Brooks, to refrain from taking sides publicly, especially when it comes to something like beer choices.
Schneider said he hopes Brooks thinks twice about speaking out next time.
From a business perspective, Schneider also advised others to avoid controversy altogether by distancing themselves from such decisions, stating that it would have been better if Brooks had remained silent and disassociated.
Rob Schneider has suggested Garth Brooks might reconsider speaking out regarding ‘woke’ controversies after defending Bud Light and Dylan Mulvaney
“I think next time he will stay out of it. Is not it? I think Garth Brooks, next time, is going to shut up, and he’s going to pretend to say, “I have nothing to do with the beer chosen at my restaurant,” Schneider suggested.
“I think the culture is in a very weird little place of hypersensitivity one way or another. And I think that’s why most people keep quiet.
In an interview with Billboard, Brooks said he wanted his bar “to be a place where you felt safe.” Pictured: Brooks performing at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) in May
“I mean, just from a business perspective, shut up, say ‘I had nothing to do with this,'” he advised.
Despite the backlash, Brooks has stood firm on his decision to offer a wide range of beers at his bar, while promoting diversity and inclusivity.
“Let’s talk about two things about it – one is diversity, inclusiveness. It’s me, it’s always been me. We had the same kind of thing on We Shall Be Free, people wanted to burn our stuff. I get it, everyone has their opinion,” Brooks said last week.
Brooks previously said in an interview with Billboard that his bar would serve “all brands of beer” to create an “inclusive and welcoming” atmosphere.
He stressed the importance of kindness and acceptance while acknowledging that not everyone might agree with his point of view.
‘IWe’re talking about owning a bar. I own a bar now. Are we going to have the most popular beers in the thing? Yes. It’s not our call whether we do it or not, it’s the call of the customers, of the bosses,” Brooks explained.
“If they don’t want it, I have to go to the distributors and say, man, your stuff isn’t selling, then action is taken.” But the truth is, it’s those people in those seats who make those decisions and that’s what Friends in Little Places will be.
“I think next time he will stay out of it. Is not it? I think Garth Brooks, next time, is going to shut up, and he’s going to pretend, “I had nothing to do with the beer chosen at my restaurant,” Schneider suggested.
Dylan Mulvaney holds a Bud Light in a video posted April 1 on the influencer’s Instagram page
Brooks said customers should “enter with love…tolerance, patience, enter with an open mind.” He is pictured performing in 2019
Brooks said customers should “enter with love…tolerance, patience, enter with an open mind.”
“If you’re one of those people who just can’t do that, I get it. If you’re ever one of those people who wants to try, come on, let’s have some fun.
Schneider responded that while he also understood where Brooks was coming from, he criticized the need for him to defend his actions, suggesting that he should have simply avoided the topic altogether.
Despite the backlash, Brooks has stood firm on his decision to offer a wide range of beers at his bar – while promoting diversity and inclusivity
‘That’s the thing. I’m just as sensitive as Garth – the ego. You know, he had to put this, “Well, I think, you know, I’m a good person because I’ve done… ‘And it’s like, shut up,'” Schneider explained on Fox.
“I look like a baseball player who apologized for upsetting people because he dared to speak up about what was happening at one of his favorite stores, Target, and then he apologized with fans and friends, and then he’s always booed.
Schneider noted how in today’s society, especially among liberals, forgiveness is elusive, with the slightest misstep leading to permanent exclusion.
‘So there is no route. There is no path to forgiveness. There’s no way to make amends.
“With liberals, you’re just out, you’re out forever. And that’s it. You’re out,” Schneider assumed.
Schneider said he was determined to speak his mind and face the consequences, even if it might mean making less money.
He stressed that he would rather be true to himself and face the repercussions than keep silent to avoid controversy.
“I prefer not to play [than] ask you something. I will do it. I’m just going out, he said. “I’ll say what I think and then do what I do, and if I make less money, I’m sorry. I won’t have a private jet. I’m going to fly first class on Delta, sorry.
Bud Light and its parent company Anheuser-Busch have for months been the target of conservatives for their partnership with Mulvaney.
Anheuser-Busch has lost tens of billions of dollars in market value since the partnership was announced.
The brewing giant decided to use Mulvaney, 26, for its March Madness campaign when the influencer posted the now infamous promo when the brand sent him a personalized beer can to celebrate ‘365 Days of Girlhood’ .
The stock is down 19.98% from its recent peak in March, hitting an official bear market – a drop of 20%. May was the third worst month on record for the company’s shares.
Bud Light sales also fell 25.7% for the week ending May 20 – compared to a year ago, according to Bump Williams Consulting.
It was the biggest drop in sales since the Mulvaney controversy, with Bud Light falling 24.3% from April 1 to May 20.
In May, Modelo overtook Bud Light 12192581 to become the top-selling beer brand in America.