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Anheuser-Busch responds after Dylan Mulvaney complains beer company is not defending trans community
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Anheuser-Busch responds after Dylan Mulvaney complains beer company is not defending trans community

Anheuser-Busch is not doubling down on its support for the transgender movement.

On Thursday, transgender activist Dylan Mulanvey blasted Anheuser-Busch for not defending him against the "bullying" and "transphobia" that he faced in the wake of the Bud Light boycott.

The company, Mulvaney claimed, has not reached out since the controversy erupted nearly three months ago.

"For a company to hire a trans person and then not publicly stand by them is worse, in my opinion, than not hiring a trans person at all," Mulvaney said, "because it gives customers permission to be as transphobic and hateful as they want."

In response, Anheuser-Busch released a statement indicating the company's energies will focus on "brewing great beer" — not taking stands in culture wars.

As we've said, we remain committed to the programs and partnerships we have forged over decades with organizations across a number of communities, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

The privacy and safety of our employees and our partners is always our top priority. As we move forward, we will focus on what we do best – brewing great beer for everyone and earning our place in moments that matter to our consumers.

The statement came one day after Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth committed to support LGBTQ causes.

"Bud Light has supported LGBTQ since 1998, so that's 25 years," Whitworth on CBS. "And as we've said from the beginning, we'll continue to support the communities and organizations that we've supported for decades."

Whitworth, however, refused to say whether it was a "mistake" for Bud Light to partner with Mulvaney.

The boycott has resulted in cratering Bud Light sales — which have spilled over to other Anheuser-Busch brands — billions lost in market cap, and Modelo Especial dethroning Bud Light as America's No. 1 beer.

The boycott is not slowing down, and according to beer industry expert Harry Schuhmacher, declining sales for Bud Light are now just "business as usual."

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