(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) The head of Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Bud Light, appeared to apologize for its embattled collaboration with transgender TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney amid backlash and a whopping $5 billion loss in value.
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.
Anheuser Busch has finally released a statement, and it’s just as clumsy and stupid as the marketing stunt that got them into this mess in the first place. pic.twitter.com/XUndM2b6qh
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 14, 2023
“I have a hard time believing this,” Trending Politics co-owner Collin Rugg said via Twitter.
BREAKING: Anheuser Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth releases statement after the Dylan Mulvaney backlash.
Whitworth failed to mention any regret for their marketing decisions and did not apologize after Bud’s VP slandered their customer base.
I have a hard time believing this… pic.twitter.com/1WPEeANQG2
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) April 14, 2023
“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.
CEO of Anheuser-Busch, also an ex-CIA officer Brendan Whitworth finally responded.
He obviously knows marketing since he responded on a Friday afternoon knowing the story is dead by Monday.
The market & Capitalism will show how big of a mistake they made.👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/EO7yJtwLZ0
— Patrick Bet-David (@patrickbetdavid) April 14, 2023
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.
Way too late. All we want now are rapidly circulated lists of all #AnheuserBusch products so we can continue the boycott until your bankrupt Belgian bosses sell the company back to a US based owner. We may be willing to talk with them.#BoycottBudLight pic.twitter.com/WiEySKDsEQ
— Greg J. Marchand MD (@MarchandSurgery) April 14, 2023
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:
— Anheuser-Busch (@AnheuserBusch) April 14, 2023