Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe, Texas, announced on Friday that it would no longer allow the “Rally Against Censorship,” which was supposed to take place on Jan. 26, to meet at its venue.
“Southern star brewery is an apolitical organization. But we feel that this event doesn’t reflect our own values and we could not in good faith continue to rent our space for the event on 1/26. We don’t do rallies, we make beer for people who like beer,” the brewery said.
A message from us at Southern Star: pic.twitter.com/v10pHCai2l
— Southern Star Brewing Co. (@SouthernStarBC) January 13, 2023
Rittenhouse said the brewery’s decision was “disappointing” and pushed back on the notion that the rally is “political.”
“It’s really disappointing to see that places continue to censor me and not allow my voice and many other voices to be heard because they bend to the woke crowd. I’ll keep you guys updated on the event on the 26th that I was supposed to speak at,” he wrote on Twitter.
It’s really disappointing to see that places continue to censor me and not allow my voice and many other voices to be heard because they bend to the woke crowd. I’ll keep you guys updated on the event on the 26th that I was supposed to speak at. https://t.co/bKOyvZQyb2
— Kyle Rittenhouse (@ThisIsKyleR) January 13, 2023
“I don’t support companies who don’t support the first amendment,” Rittenhouse added in another tweet.
Other conservatives also blasted the brewery, pointing out that by canceling Rittenhouse’s event, they had chosen a side.
“Nothing says apolitical like picking a side,” wrote journalist James Dunn.
Another user asked, “What specifically about this event doesn’t reflect your values?”
Conservative John Willow joked that Southern Star should move to a state that better reflects their values.
Maybe y'all should just move to California
— John Willow (@JohnathonWillow) January 13, 2023
But Southern Star’s management doubled down on the decision to cancel the event this week.
“It’s been kind of a shitstorm, but now I’m more certain than ever that I made the right decision,” CEO Dave Fougeron said. “Our place is super inclusive. We are super pro-veteran, super pro-law enforcement. We’re trying to be good people in the community. It’s crazy that we’re getting threats from people.”