Anheuser-Busch took heat online over the weekend after airing a pro-American advertisement, in the midst of the ongoing controversy surrounding their partnership with controversial transgender influencer, Dylan Mulvaney.
Despite intense criticism already directed at the company, CEO Brendan Whitworth issued a widely panned statement before the ad debuted.
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) April 14, 2023
The new ad features one of Anheuser-Busch’s famous Budweiser Clydesdales running through America while the narrator paints a picture of a beer brand rooted in America’s heartland. However, critics slammed the ad, accusing Anheuser-Busch of trying to walk back their alleged “virtue signaling.”
One critic, UFC fighter Tim Kennedy, tweeted that the company should have supported the hard-working middle class that once took pride in coming home and enjoying a cold beer.
Additionally, several social media users declared their intention to boycott Anheuser-Busch products due to their perceived wokeness.
Meanwhile, political operative Jake Schneider mocked Anheuser-Busch’s apparent last-ditch effort to win back support stating, “Lol so after weeks of hemorrhaging support, Budweiser releases an ad featuring: Clydesdales, farms, dirt roads, fields, Grand Canyon, St. Louis Arch, Main Street, firefighters, veterans, flags, Lincoln Memorial, tractors, trucks, baseball caps, and the Freedom Towers — far too late for this pandering now.”