Garth Brooks Defends Serving Bud Light at Nashville Bar Amid Transphobic Criticism

Jaxon Wildwood

Updated Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Country music legend Garth Brooks has taken a bold stance against transphobia by announcing that his new Nashville bar will serve Bud Light, despite backlash from certain conservative groups. The announcement was made on June 10, 2023, at 2:58 PM PT, in an article authored by Charna Flam. Brooks’ decision to serve Bud Light comes in response to a wave of criticism from some quarters, who have chosen to boycott the beer brand due to its support of the LGBT+ community.

Brooks, known for his open-hearted and accepting nature, made it clear that his establishment welcomes everyone, except those who harbor hate. "If you’re an a******, there are plenty of other places," Brooks stated emphatically. This isn't the first time Brooks has shown his support for LGBT+ rights. Back in 1992, he released the song "We Shall Be Free," which included an anti-homophobia line, much to the dismay of some of his conservative fans. He also performed at a gay rights event in 2000, further solidifying his stance.

The announcement has sparked a variety of reactions online. One commenter noted, "I don't know how this surprises any conservative so-called fans of his; being pro LGBT+ isn't a new stance for him." Another added, "Good on him! The reality is that acts/statements like this from straight, white, Southern Christian men are likely to have a much greater impact."

Brooks’ history of standing up for what he believes in is well-documented. When invited to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1993, he insisted that the video for "We Shall Be Free" be played, despite NBC initially deeming it too controversial. Brooks threatened to walk away from the performance if the network didn’t comply, showcasing his commitment to his values.

Despite not being universally loved for his musical style, Brooks has earned respect for his character. One commenter summed it up well: "Never been a fan of his music, but Garth Brooks has always seemed like a pretty stand-up dude. Good on him."

Brooks’ decision to stand by Bud Light is a reminder that inclusivity and acceptance are core values worth upholding, even in the face of controversy. By doing so, he continues to send a powerful message to his fans and the broader community: hate has no place here.

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parkerTHEfence

Brooks has always been open and accepting. He’s talented as well as caring.

CommentsThisTimeLastYear

I don't know how this surprises any conservative so-called fans of his; I don't know if he's particularly addressed trans rights before, but being pro LGBT+ isn't a new stance for him. He released "We Shall Be Free" in '92 which includes an anti-homophobia line, which people threw hissy fits about all the way back then. He also performed it at a gay rights event in 2000.

annoyedOnion

I've always found it insane that millions of products are made by slaves but some choose to boycott dumb s*** like this

wadeye

Good on him! The reality is that acts / statements like this from straight, white, Southern Christian men are likely to have a much greater impact with the people we NEED to hear the message. I liken it to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s post about the Confederate flag / statue controversy. The racist, sexist, transphobic etc… audience who badly need to hear this, just *might* actually listen when the message is coming from someone they don’t automatically, blindly hate.

kahlas

Remember when he was invited to play the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1993 along with the video of We Shall be Free with its anti homophobia line right after? Then on the day of the game NBC told him the video was too controversial and they wouldn't allow it to be played? They caved when he threatened to walk if they didn't. As much as I hate how he destroyed country music by turning it pop. He was anti homophobic well before it was cool.

soullessgingeridiot

Where are the bodies, Garth?!

NicolasKevinMac

Never been a fan of his music, but Garth Brooks has always seemed like a pretty stand-up dude. Good on him.

NOINITIATIVE

Unblock Tom Garth.

Imalwaysready

He’s got friends in low places. He knows what it’s like to have those above you punching down. Good on him for doing the right thing.

suffyr

Worst thing he's ever done is perform as Chris Gaines, and even then it wasn't that bad

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