Garth Brooks has come under fire from some fans after the country singer said he would serve Bud Light despite the beer brand’s ongoing boycott.
Brooks, 61, said his new bar, Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, will sell “all brands of beer” as it prepares to open soon in Nashville’s South Broadway neighborhood.
In an interview with Billboard published last week, The Dance singer said he wanted it to be “a place where you feel safe” and where “there are manners and people who love each other”. .
But since his comments, some of his fans have hit back saying they would “throw away his records” and “never attend another one of his concerts again”.
Bud Light and its parent company Anheuser-Busch have for months been targeted by conservatives for their partnership with transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
In an interview with Billboard published last week, Brooks said he wants his bar “to be a place where you feel safe.” Pictured: Brooks performs during the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on May 11, 2023
Dylan Mulvaney drinks a Bud Light in a video posted April 1 on the influencer’s Instagram
Brooks, 61, said his new bar, Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, would sell ‘all brands of beer’
“I know it sounds cheesy,” the father-of-three said Billboard. “I want it to be the Chick-fil-A of honky-tonks…I want it to be a place where you feel safe, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and that people look alike.”
He continued: “And yes, we will serve all brands of beer. We are fair. It is not our decision to make. This is our thing, if you [are let] in this house, love one another.
“If you’re an a**hole, there are plenty of other places on Lower Broadway.”
Brooks was referring to downtown artist-owned bars, including John Rich’s Redneck Riviera and Kid Rock’s Big A** Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, who removed Bud Light from their establishments thanks to the partnership with Mulvaney.
Fiery reactions erupted online following Brooks’ comments.
Robert Cornicelli, who lost a Republican primary to New York Rep. Andrew Garbarino last year, said he would stop listening to the country star’s music.
“Country music star @garthbrooks has zero tolerance for Bud Light boycotters, calling them ‘a**holes’ & promising he’ll serve the brand of beer at his new Nashville bar,” Cornicelli tweeted. .
‘Now I am deleting all Garth Brooks songs from my collection. NEVER AGAIN GARTH!’
Controversial: The choice came after Rich, 49, and Kid Rock, 52, both pulled Bud Light from their respective bars, following backlash from customers over the biggest brewery’s disastrous partnership with Mulvaney .
Bud Light has been accused of alienating its traditional clientele by associating itself with Mulvaney, leading many conservatives to boycott the brand
Garth Brooks performs onstage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles
Another account calling itself ‘HunterMAGA’ said: ‘Patriots, I threw away my collection of Garth Brooks music.
And I will never attend another of his concerts again. #PatriotsAssemble.’
Other accounts claimed they were dumping the country singer’s music.
“My trash can is full…” one tweet said. “I threw out everything that had Garth Brooks’ name on it.”
Another wrote: “You can take your ‘safe spot’ with your Bud Light and push it. I’m not going – ever.
“You did not understand the situation. It’s not a question of sexual orientation. It is a boycott of the socialist democrats.
Another tweeter said: ‘I was a big fan of yours in the early 90s before you fell into the trap of being a star…’, before adding: ‘It was always about your fans”. Now we’re a******s for boycotting Budweiser? Welcome to the boycott.
Country singer John Rich weighed in on Brooks’ comments. He said FoxNews on Friday: ‘Garth Brooks was always the guy who said, ‘everyone comes to my show’.
“That’s something we love about Garth. You know, he makes his music for everybody. And that’s really music. You make your music for everybody. Beer is for everybody, too. .
“If Garth is serving Bud Light in his bar, that’s fine. Garth can do that. Garth might find that not many people are going to order it. And ultimately, you have to put things in your establishment that people are going to buy if you want to run a successful business, so he might find out.
Country singer John Rich weighed in on Brooks’ comments. He told Fox News on Friday: ‘Garth Brooks was always the guy who said ‘everybody come to my show’. Pictured: John Rich watches Republican gubernatorial candidate of Virginia Glenn Youngkin take speaking at a concert for his campaign on October 27, 2021
Others praised Brooks for her comments and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Representative Eric Swalwell said he was 100 [percent] agree with @garthbrooks…love each other and don’t be an asshole…words for a living! ‘
A second tweet said: ‘Garth Brooks outright saying transphobia won’t be tolerated at the bar he’s opening in Nashville isn’t at all surprising.
“He’s been an ally to LGBTQ people since the early 90s. We know Garth is protecting us.
A third supporter says, “Garth has been a civil rights advocate for decades. Don’t let him being a country music giant fool you.
‘Remember “We Can Be Free”…he wrote that civil rights anthem after the Los Angeles riots…Brooks was kicked out of the Super Bowl in 1993 because they said the song and its positions were too controversial. Garth has been an ally. It’s not new.
Brooks’ 1992 song We Can Be Free has been hailed as a civil rights anthem against homophobia and racism.
Bug Light first saw sales begin to plummet in early April after Mulvaney, 26, appeared on a can of beer to celebrate her 365th day as a child – a TikTok series she popularized through.
Mulvaney posted a video on April 1 of herself opening a Bud Light to her Instagram page.
She showed off the personalized can with her face on it – one of the many corporate gifts she receives and promotes to her millions of followers.
Bud Light has been accused of driving out its traditional clientele by teaming up with Mulvaney, leading many conservatives to boycott the brand.
Bud Light North America CEO Brendan Whitworth said on April 14, “We never intended to be part of a divisive discussion. Our job is to bring people together over a beer.
Whitworth also said he would continue to focus on “building and protecting our remarkable history and heritage”.
Bud Light’s parent company said last month it would triple its marketing spending in the United States this summer as it tries to boost struggling sales.