Dylan Mulvaney, head of Anheuser-Busch beer brands, responded to the backlash

Chairman of Anheuser-Busch The beer has responded to the buzz over the brand’s recent collaboration with a transgender social media influencer, noting that the company aims to “bring people together through a beer.”

“We don’t want to be part of a debate that divides people,” CEO Brendan Whitworth wrote in a statement Friday afternoon. “Moving forward, I will work tirelessly to bring great beers to consumers across our country.”

The statement comes after receiving backlash for partnering with the beer company TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney To promote a competition.

In a video posted on Mulvaney’s InstagramThe transgender influencer shows off a personalized Bud Light can with an image of her face printed on the front and discusses the company’s $15,000 giveaway tied to March Madness.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Dylan Mulvaney speaks on stage at the PFLAG National 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Marriott Marquis on March 03, 2023 in New York City.

Some conservatives called for a boycott of Bud Light beer after the video was released.

Musician Kid Rock posted a video on Twitter of himself shooting cans of Bud Light, and country artist Travis Tritt said. He would ban Anheuser-Busch products From his tour.

The backlash comes amid a surge in anti-alternative legislation.

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