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Budweiser Clydesdale event canceled as blowback continues over Bud Light's partnership with transgender activist

Composite screenshots of videos from KTVI-TV and @dylanmulvaney on Instagram

Public outrage continues to grow over Bud Light's partnership with a controversial transgender activist, and now, representatives from Budweiser have canceled an event featuring Budweiser's iconic Clydesdale horses.

The Clydesdales were scheduled to appear at several events in Springfield, Missouri, sometime this week to help promote the Budweiser brand. Budweiser has featured Clydesdale horses in most of its Super Bowl ads since 1975, and the beer's association with the giant horses traces all the way back to the early 1930s and the end of Prohibition.

However, Budweiser's parent company, Anheuser-Busch, has faced significant blowback from sellers and consumers after Dylan Mulvaney, a man who identifies as female and has even recently dressed up as a doll and as a 6-year-old girl named Eloise, appeared in ads for another one of its beers, Bud Light.

On Saturday, Mulvaney posted on Instagram a video of himself drinking Bud Light to celebrate his one-year anniversary of "womanhood." The brand even produced Bud Light cans that feature Mulvaney's image, though whether such cans will ever be placed on market shelves is unclear.

Opposition to Bud Light's partnership with Mulvaney has been swift and fierce. Country music star Travis Tritt vowed to stop serving Anheuser-Busch products on his latest tour, and fellow musician Kid Rock shared a video of himself wearing a MAGA hat and using several cases of Bud Light for target practice. Other artists have pledge to boycott the beer company as well.

The animosity toward Bud Light appears to have grown and has now perhaps even affected Budweiser and its Clydesdale horses. According to a statement from Anheuser-Busch, Wil Fischer Companies, a Budweiser distributor in Missouri, elected to cancel the Springfield events "due to safety concerns for their employees." The company did not elaborate on why Wil Fischer employees might be imperiled or whether the events would be rescheduled at a later date.

Anheuser-Busch has not commented further on the cancellations.

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