By Maxim Mower
Garth Brooks has announced his Nashville bar will serve “every brand of beer”, in reference to the criticism levelled at Bud Light following their partnership with transgender influencer, Dylan Mulvaney.
During a recent interview with Billboard, the ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ hitmaker emphasised that he wants his Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk to be “a place you feel safe in”, after a number of other Music City watering holes confirmed they would no longer be serving Bud Light due to the controversy.
Garth outlined, “I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another. And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are. It’s not our decision to make”
The country legend went on to stress that there will be no room for any intolerance in his bar, “Our thing is this, if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway”.
Garth Brooks’ commitment to serving Bud Light represents a hugely significant moment in the furore surrounding the beer brand's decision to join forces with Dylan Mulvaney a couple of months ago.
Following the news of the partnership, big-name country artists such as Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert and Riley Green have all distanced themselves from Bud Light, which has famously been a long-standing lyrical and cultural staple of country music.
Many others celebrated the link-up as a tremendously positive, progressive move from Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light's parent company, including Zach Bryan, who became embroiled in a public war of words with Travis Tritt on Twitter. The two chart-topping artists then reconciled at Texas’ Two Step Inn festival in April.
As a result of these popular country artists and many other high-profile public figures cutting ties with Bud Light, Anheuser-Busch has reportedly had over billions of dollars shaved off its market value.
Garth Brooks has long been an advocate of LGBTQ+ rights, with the trailblazing singer-songwriter having won a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) media award in 1993 for his groundbreaking song, ‘We Shall Be Free’. ‘We Shall Be Free’ powerfully lays out Garth's blueprint for a more loving and less divided world.
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