Speaking on The Benny Show, DeSantis said: ‘Why would you want to drink Bud Light? I mean, like, honestly that’s like them rubbing our faces in it and it’s like these companies that do this, if they never have any response, they’re just going to keep doing it.
‘So, if you as a consumer are like … “Like, yeah, they’re doing that, but I’m just going to keep drinking anyways.” Well, then they’re going to keep doing it.’
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‘You know, my wife and I, they (bars) don’t have (Budweiser) here if we ever go out to just have a beer — which admittedly we don’t have the opportunity to do that like we used to, you know — we actually like the stout, Guinness.
‘Years ago we went to Dublin, we went to some other places, and we’ve always been a fan ever since,’
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Ironically, just last Christmas, Guinness’s parent company Diageo (same as Anhueiser Busch to Bud Light) ran an ad in strong support of the transgender community.
The ad follows an elderly man who begins to secretly teach himself how to apply makeup.
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The grandfather can be seen using red lipstick from his wife and buying eyeshadow, before locking himself in his bathroom to practice making himself up.
Then the man’s family arrives for the holidays, at which point he gestures for his transgender granddaughter to follow him into the bathroom. He applies a full face of makeup to his grandchild.
When they come out of the bathroom, they are greeted with an emotional display of support and love from their family. The commercial ends with the grandfather raising a glass in a toast.
One may argue that the ad by Guinness’s parent company is a much stronger display of support for the trans community than what has caused such a stir for Bud Light gifting a can to a transgender social media influencer.
Many who have jumped on the boycott bandwagon of these pro-trans companies, often find themselves still using or even dependent upon other products made by the same company, or products by companies they simply are unaware also support the trans community.
Diageo’s beverage brands include:
Scotch whiskey: Single malt Scotch whisky: Classic Malts of Scotland, Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glenkinchie, Glen Elgin, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando, Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Royal Lochnagar, Singleton, Strathmill, Talisker, Teaninich. Blended Scotch whisky: Bell’s, Black & White, Buchanan’s, Johnnie Walker, J&B, Logan, Old Parr, Vat 69, White Horse.
Irish whisky: Roe & Co
American whiskey: Balcones, Bulleit, George Dickel, Seagram’s Seven Crown,
Rakı: Altınbaş, Civan Rakı, İzmir Rakısı, Kulüp Rakı, Tayfa Rakı, Tekirdağ Rakısı, Yeni Rakı
Beer: Guinness, Harp Lager, Hop House 13, Kilkenny, Meta Abo, Rockshore Irish Lager, Senator, Smithwick’s, Tusker,
Cider: Rockshore Apple Cider
Hard seltzer: Rockshore Hard seltzer
As we broke over the weekend, the owner of Central Florida’s Grills Seafood went viral with his decision to discontinue selling Bud Light suddenly over the weekend. In an interview with Fox35, owner Joe Penovich said his decision was based on religious reasons, and cannot align with the transgender community in any way, and is looking at how to approach removing the rest of Anhuesier Busch products from his inventory as they “no longer align with his values.”
But there are over 125 major companies and brands that have all come out in strong support of the transgender community that also are patronized by Grills Seafood. Those include Facebook, (where he made his official statement on his decision) Pepsi Co, American Express, Amazon, Nestle, Kellogg, AT&T many many more. Boycotting all of those brands, would essentially make it impossible for him and many others to continue to conduct business. We will see how loyal to their values they really are. Joe has already said he’s willing to lose everything in order to stay true to his faith.
The full list of companies that have publicly come out in support of transgender rights are as follows:
Advance Auto Parts
Altria Group Inc.
American Honda Motor Company
Applied Materials, Inc.
Arcadis U.S. Inc.
Bayer US LLC
BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim USA
Cargo Transporters, Inc.
Center for Community Self-Help
The College Board
CSAA Insurance Group
Deckers Brands (UGG, HOKA, Teva, Sanuk, and Koolaburra by UGG)
EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Electronics
Early Warning Services, LLC
Elanco Animal Health
FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
GP Strategies Corporation
HSBC Bank USA
IHG Hotels & Resorts
IKEA North America Services, LLC
Johnson & Johnson
The Knot Worldwide
The Kraft Heinz Company
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Marriott International, Inc.
Molson Coors Beverage Company
New Belgium Brewing
PNC Financial Services Group
Peloton Interactive, Inc.
Red Hat, Inc.
Redfin Real Estate
Royal Bank of Canada
State Street Corporation
Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, including member companies Danone North America; Mars, Incorporated; Nestlé USA; and Unilever United States