patriotic advertisement Anheuser-Busch released on Friday in the wake of backlash over a partnership with a transgender influencer has now been criticized for featuring a "cruelly amputated" horse.Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called out the brewing company for the "needless mutilation of horses' tails" over a Clydesdale shown in the ad which told viewers that Budweiser, one of the company's brands, was "rooted in the heart of America."The ad was released after another of its beers, Bud Light, faced calls for a boycott over a partnership with Dylan Mulvaney, who has documented her first year of transitioning to being a woman to her more than 10 million TikTok followers.
The row has crystalized a broader debate about the acceptance of transgender individuals in public life.Following the boycott calls, supporters of Kari Lake, the Donald Trump-backed Republican candidate for Arizona governor in 2022, refused to drink the beer brand at an open bar at a rally in Iowa.
Meanwhile, a bar owner in Kentucky said he had noticed Bud Light sparking rows between patrons.Many prominent figures have also waded into the debate.
Donald Trump Jr. and Marjorie Taylor Greene are among the political faces to have made reference to the row. Celebrities like Joe Rogan and Caitlyn Jenner have also weighed in.