Country star smashing can of Bud Light amid Dylan Mulvaney row is most pathetic thing you’ll see today

Country music star Brantley Gilbert has got his undies in a twist over Bud Light’s partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

A video shows Gilbert holding a can of the beer on stage at a concert in Alabama at the weekend before he throws it to the ground, exclaiming “f**k that” to a cheering crowd.

A number of country stars – including Riley Green, Travis Tritt, John Rich and Kid Rock, who filmed himself shooting Bud Light cans while wailing about the partnership – have behaved in similar ways.

Their actions are an apparent boycott of the brand. Gilbert, who does not drink alcohol, appeared to join in after being handed a different brand of beer (unidentifiable in the video) and giving a nod of approval, before throwing it to his drummer.

“You ain’t got a hair on your a*s if you don’t shotgun that son of a b***h,” he tells the drummer, who proceeds to cut the can’s base open with a knife before drinking it.

The person who shared the video on Twitter, user @TheThe1776, supported Gilbert’s move while highlighting his sobriety: “Even though Brantley Gilbert doesn’t drink anymore, his reaction to someone throwing him a Bud Light was awesome,” they wrote.

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They signed off with the hashtag #GoWokeGoBroke, in support of the boycott.

Bud Light’s partnership with Mulvaney saw the beer company sending her a personalised can in celebration of the first anniversary of her “Days of Girlhood” TikTok series.

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She called it the best gift ever.

Following the criticism from conservatives and transphobes, Brendan Whitworth, the chief executive of Bud Light’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, released a statement saying the brand “never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people”.

However, that statement itself became the subject of controversy, with people condemning Whitworth for not using the opportunity to come out strongly in favour of LGBTQ+ rights.

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