The Woman At the Center of the Bud Light Blowup Finally Speaks Out

By now most folks know exactly what “the Bud Light controversy” is, but for those who live off the grid and have suddenly decided to hop back on, the short version of the story is: Anheuser-Busch InBev  (BUDFF)  hired a trans spokeperson, and a lot of its customers really, really hated it.

Despite all the hubbub around influencer Dylan Mulvaney showing off Bud Light on her Instagram back in April, she has not addressed the situation publicly, leading to concern from many of her 10.6 million followers on TikTok.

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Then, on June 29, she decided to break the silence with a video she posted to TikTok in the early afternoon.

“One thing I will not tolerate people saying about me is that I don’t like beer, because I love beer and I always have,” Mulvaney said, sipping a light beer from a cheerful glass emblazoned with white daisies.

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She goes on to say that she built the platform by being honest with her followers, and while what she was about to share may seem like “old news,” it was bothering her not to share about it.

“I took a brand deal with a company that I loved and I posted a sponsored video to my page, and it must have been a slow news week, because the way this ad got blown up, you would have thought I was on a billboard, or on a TV commercial or something major, but no, it was just an Instagram video.”

Mulvaney also says “what transpired from that video was more bullying and transphobia than I could have imagined. And I should have made this video months ago, but I didn’t. I was scared of more backlash and felt personally guilty for what had transpired.”

Mulvaney also mentions that she was waiting for Anheuser-Busch to reach out to her, but “they never did.”

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Despite dealing with “being ridiculed in public, being followed, and having felt a loneliness I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” Mulvaney still managed to find the positivity she’s known so well for on social media, as well as endorsing that people donate to the Trans Law Center so “something productive can come of all this.”

“I am going to celebrate no matter how many thousands of horrible messages or news anchors misgendering me or companies going silent, I can look in the mirror and see the woman that I am, and that I love being,” she said.

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