string of new threats and cancellations made after transgender influencer and activist Dylan Mulvaney announced a partnership with Bud Light, a brand under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella, on Instagram.
Bud Light had given Mulvaney a commemorative can with her face on it to celebrate her "365th day of girlhood."The move provoked a conservative backlash in some cases, including boycotts of the beer by musicians Kid Rock and Travis Tritt, and former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake—the latter of whom criticized Bud Light for going "woke" and said her supporters now refuse to indulge in the beer.Finnegan's Wake, an Irish pub in the city's downtown area, said in a statement that the event scheduled for April 7 was canceled due to local representatives for an Anheuser-Busch distributor "being personally threatened while performing their everyday job duties.""Threatening someone with a different viewpoint is completely unacceptable," Finnegan's Wake said in the statement, as reported by Springfield news station KOLR. "The hate and vitriol we have recently seen are not something we tolerate or support.
If you have a problem with how a company conducts its business, it is your right to not patronize their business, but it is never okay to threaten physical violence, vandalism, sabotage, etc."An employee who answered the bar's phone on Tuesday and requested to remain anonymous told Newsweek that the statement was originally posted on the business's Facebook page last Friday, on the day of the scheduled event, but was subsequently removed due to "90 percent [of Facebook users] spreading hate." They said that the bar "didn't want to create a forum for them.""We support the rights of free speech, protesting, and.