Controversy Follows Garth Brooks after Bud Light Bar Comments


Garth Brooks has some friends in very low places…namely Bud Light, as he ditched the standard set by John Rich and others, such as Travis Tritt, and has decided that he will sell Bud Light at his Nashville bar.

Speaking on that, Brooks said that the bar would sell “every brand of beer” to customers, and that people who don’t want to buy Bud Light should go to the “other places on Broadway” because he thinks that anyone who does that is “an a**hole.” As he put it:

I want it to be a place you feel safe in. 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. Our thing is this: If you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an a–hole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.

Predictably, people keeping up with Brooks on Twitter were furious about that comment and tore into him for it. One, for example, encouraged people to boycott Brooks’ bar because of what he thinks of them for not wanting to drink Bud Light, saying, “If you live in Tennessee, I recommend you never go to @garthbrooks new bar. They’re going to sell Bud Light and app arently he thinks we’re ‘a—holes’ if we don’t like it. Make sure all your friends know that.

Others said that they would not just be boycotting Brooks’ bar but his music as well. One of those Twitter posters, for example, said, “My trash bin is full…I threw out everything that had Garth Brooks name on it.” Another said, “@garthbrooks I was a huge fan of yours back in the early nineties, before you fell into the trap of being a star, before you left your high school sweetheart, remember her? It was always about your fans. Now, we’re, “a******s” for boycotting Budweiser? Welcome to the boycott.

Brooks recently tried, without much effect, to defend his decision to sell Bud Light was related to his love of “diversity” and inclusivity. Who exactly that statement was meant to convince is unclear, as the diversity, equity, and inclusion crowd is still generally on board with Bud Light and so not mad with him for selling it. In any case, he said

“I get it. Everybody’s got their opinions. But inclusiveness is always going to be me. I think diversity is the answer to the problems that are here and the answer to the problems that are coming. So I love diversity. All included, so all are welcome. I understand that might not be other people’s opinions, but that’s okay. They have their opinions, they have their beliefs, I have mine.”

In case you don’t remember, here’s the video Dylan Mulvaney posted on April 1 as a Bud Light ad, the short clip meant for the March Madness playoffs that sparked a massive new fight in the culture war and lots of financial pain for Bud Light.