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Dylan Mulvaney Jokes About Bud Light Controversy In His Award Speech: ‘I’ll Have A Beer’

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Dylan Mulvaney Jokes About Bud Light Controversy In His Award Speech: ‘I’ll Have A Beer’

Dylan Mulvaney made a subtle reference to the Bud Light controversy in his acceptance speech at the 2023 Streamy Awards.

The social media influencer, 26, won the Breakout Creator award at the August 27 awards ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of online media and content creators. Mulvaney – who faced an anti-trans backlash in April after sharing a sponsored post for the Anheuser-Busch company – voiced his support for the transgender community in his acceptance speech.

“I’m really shocked because I thought maybe the only award I’d win would be a Tony Award, but now I’m a musical theater girl with a Streamy,” Mulvaney said as she accepted the award. She beat fellow TikTok stars Alix Earle and Jake Shane, as well as Drew Afualo and Keith Lee.

Mulvaney – who has 10.6 million followers on TikTok – rose to fame on the platform for documenting her transition, marking ‘being a girl’ every day. In her speech, Mulvaney noted that 532 days ago she posted “a coming out video that turned into my Days of Girlhood series and my life was changed for the better.”

“But on the other hand, there’s also been an extreme amount of transphobia and hate, and I know my community feels that,” she continued, before calling on her allies “to publicly support and proudly trans people”.

Mulvaney went on to explain that the trans community and the “creative community” have one thing in common because “people often underestimate them”, adding that “we can remain optimistic about the future of trans in general. , because if we can influence people to buy $22 Erewhon smoothies, we can do that too.”

As she closed her acceptance speech, the social media star apparently poked fun at the Bud Light controversy which sparked a conservative boycott of the brewing company. “I’m going to go get a beer and I love you,” Mulvaney joked.

Dylan Mulvaney Accepts Breakout Creator at 2023 Streamy Awards

On April 1, the social media star shared a video on Instagram promoting Bud Light’s March Madness contest. In the video, Mulvaney was dressed as Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s as she filmed herself with several cans of Bud Light. The influencer also noted that in celebration of her 365th day of being “womanhood”, the company sent her a can of Bud Light with her face on it.

The video immediately drew backlash from conservative politicians and celebrities including Kid Rock and Travis Tritt. Others called for a beer boycott and filmed videos of themselves smashing or shooting crates of Budweiser products. Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beers, issued a statement in response to the boycott, saying it “never intended to take part in a divisive discussion.”

“We have thousands of partners, millions of fans and a proud history that supports our communities, our military, our first responders, our sports fans and working Americans around the world,” said CEO Brendan Whitworth. “We never intended to be part of a divisive discussion. Our mission is to bring people together over a beer.”

However, after saying that Bud Light “should be about bringing people together”, he declined to answer directly when asked if the campaign featuring Mulvaney was a mistake.

Mulvaney went on to accuse Bud Light of failing to support her amid the transphobic backlash she has faced since partnering with the brand. “For a company to hire a trans person and not publicly support them is worse, in my opinion, than not hiring a trans person at all,” she said in a TikTok video posted in July.

According to Mulvaney, she initially waited for the brand to “contact” her before posting her video, but claimed no one from the company contacted her. She went on to describe how her mental health and daily life were negatively affected by the transphobic backlash.

“For months, I have been afraid to leave my house. I was ridiculed in public. I was followed,” she said. “And I felt a loneliness that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. If that’s my experience from a very privileged perspective, know that it’s much worse. for other trans people.”

Mulvaney also said she believed the brand’s failure to condemn the backlash gave customers “permission” to be “as transphobic and hateful as they wanted”, and acknowledged that the “hate “toward transgender people” doesn’t stop with “her.”

She then sent a message to her followers: “I need you to care about every trans person and I need you to support us and be with us. »

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