Following the controversy over Bud Light’s partnership with transgender-identifying influencer Dylan Mulvaney, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed the beer company, urging conservatives to boycott the brand.
In an interview with political commentator Benny Johnson, DeSantis criticized Bud Light for releasing a statement that was seen as weak and urged consumers to make their voices heard by boycotting brands that support controversial individuals or causes.
Ron DeSantis speaks out on the boycott of Bud Light and why it’s necessary to keep up the pressure. Make it hurt and don’t let them keep doing the woke stuff. pic.twitter.com/oOFWOKigEj
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 18, 2023
“Why would you want to drink Bud Light?” DeSantis asked. “I mean like honestly, that’s like them rubbing our faces in it and it’s like these companies that do this, if they never have any response, they’re just gonna keep doing it.” The Governor made it clear that he believes consumers have the power to influence companies’ decisions, stating that “if you don’t have conservative beer drinkers, you’re gonna feel that,” and suggested that pushback is necessary to counteract the attempts by corporate America to “change our country” by “changing policy, trying to change culture.”
DeSantis also confirmed that he would no longer drink Bud Light himself, and added that the controversy was part of a larger issue in which “woke” companies are attempting to govern the country through their actions. “I’d rather be governed by we the people than woke companies,” he said.
The remarks of the Florida Governor have stirred up already heated discussions over the intersection of politics and corporate culture. It remains to be seen if other conservative beer drinkers will follow DeSantis’ lead and boycott Bud Light.