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Garth Brooks receives backlash over Bud Light comments

Ahead of opening his Nashville bar Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, Brooks had confirmed he'll be selling Bud Light alongside all other kinds of beer.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Brooks expanded on comments he made during the first Billboard Country Live event last week regarding inclusivity.

Brooks said that he felt compelled by his beliefs and decided to speak out about the recent controversy.

 “I think if you know Garth Brooks, no matter how long you’ve known him, [he’s] always been inclusive,” he said. “We’re gonna need each other, trust me.”

So I think that diversity, inclusiveness, I think what you find is our differences are our greatest strengths,” Brooks said.

Bud Light and other brands under its parent company have been boycotted since early April after transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney promoted the brand with a personalized can of beer. 




In a separate interview with Billboard Country Live, Brooks further explained his want for a safe place for everyone. 

“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,” he said. 

“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.”

Since Brook's comments broke headlines, right-wing commentators and politicians like Florida representative Matt Gaetz, responded negatively to Brooks’ comments. 

After Gaetz’s calls to boycott the bar on Facebook Live, Brooks had his own response. 

"Diversity. Inclusiveness. That's me. It's always been me," the singer said. "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.”

“I understand that might not be other people's opinions, but that's okay," Brooks added. "They have their opinions, they have their beliefs. I have mine.”




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