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Garth Brooks Responds to Bud Light Backlash With a Message of Inclusiveness

Garth Brooks Responds to Bud Light Backlash With a Message of Inclusiveness

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“Everybody’s got their opinions. But inclusiveness is always going to be me,” the country music star said.

Garth Brooks has responded to the controversy surrounding his decision to sell Bud Light at his new Nashville bar, Friends in Low Places.

During a recent Q&A at Billboard Country Live, the singer took a moment to promote Friends in Low Places and shared his hopes for the establishment. "I want it to be a place you feel safe in," he said, "I want it to be a place that you feel like there are manners and people love one another.”

"And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer," he went on, adding, "Our thing is this: if you come into this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway to go."

On his "Inside Studio G" livestream Monday, the two-time Grammy Award winner noted that “quite a little bit of a stir” had resulted from his comments, which alluded to the ongoing right-wing boycott of Bud Light in response to their partnership with trans TikTokker Dylan Mulvaney.

On Twitter, some users on the right have criticized Brooks and stated that they will no longer listen to his music, while others threatened to burn his merchandise.

"Everybody’s got their opinions. But inclusiveness is always going to be me,” Brooks said on the livestream.

"I think diversity is the answer to the problems that are here and the answer to the problems that are coming," he continued, "So I love diversity. All inclusive, so all are welcome. I understand that might not be other people’s opinions, but that’s OK, man.”

Brooks referred again to his bar and honky-tonk Friends in Low Places — scheduled to open this summer — and asked that those who visit "come in with love, come in with tolerance, patience. Come in with an open mind."

"And if you’re one of those people that just can’t do that, I get it," he said. "If you ever are one of those people that want to try, come."

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