We’ve seen a ton of outrage from domestic beer drinkers over the fact that Bud Light chose to partner with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
Even country artists have spoken out against it, as Travis Tritt removed Bud Light from his tour rider, and John Rich from Big & Rich also said he’s going to remove the beer from his Nashville bar, Redneck Riviera.
Rich even admitted that it was his bar’s highest-selling beer a few weeks ago, however now, they have cases and cases they aren’t selling.
And now, we’re seeing another big name from the music world ripping the brand, and it’s no other than rock & roll icon Ted Nugent.
Nugent told Newsmax that Anheuser-Busch’s move was “the epitome of cultural deprivation,” and also noted that none of their products will come “anywhere near my world.”
He told the outlet:
“The beauty of my life is that I’ve never spent one red cent on alcohol. But I made sure that my entire crew and my family will never allow any Anheuser-Busch products anywhere near my world.”
Nugent also mentioned that Bud Light and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, who a couple years ago launched a “Jack Fire Pride” ad campaign that featured a “drag queen summer glamp,” was a punch to the face of both alcohol brands’ core demographic.
“How can they possibly have a meeting around the table and come to the conclusion that they’re going to piss in the face of the people who pay their salaries?
This is the epitome of cultural deprivation in an ongoing tsunami of cultural deprivation.”
But more than that, Nugent called on country music specifically to speak out.
He tore into the CMT Music Awards, specifically related to Kelsea Ballerini’s performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” featuring a handful of drag queens on stage.
He said on his own show, The Nightly Nuge, that artists like Travis Tritt and John Rich have done a good job but he would like to more from the country music community:
“How have we let country music turn into drag queen music? Is there anything more anti-country than celebrating the perversion of drag queens and the sexualization of young boys and girls by perverted, fat men dressed like whores?
And we have a country artist that is celebrating this? She’s not a country artist, she’s a Satan artist.
There are so many talented, gifted people out there… Chris Stapleton, you guys need to speak up, tolerance has a limit… These country artists that won’t stand up, I don’t understand it.”
His co-host went on to call out Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Garth Brooks and other country music artists who have not spoken up to either speak out against it, or make their position clear.
Of course, Reba made her position clear in an interview with the LA Times, calling the recent Tennessee drag laws disappointing.
“I wish they would spend that much time and energy and money on feeding the homeless children in those two counties… we’ve got a real problem in this country, and to be worrying about men wanting to dress up as women… let’s center our attention on something that really needs attention.”
Needless to say, Ted Nugent is no stranger to speaking his mind, but then again, Ted Nugent doesn’t even drink beer so it’s not like he’s a Bud Light customer anyways.
Nevertheless, I’m sure this conversation, as well as the controversy, won’t be going away anytime soon.