Singer-songwriter Kid Rock addressed the issue of cancel culture and revisited his past disagreement with Anheuser-Busch during an interview on “Hannity.” Known for his strong views and defiance against corporate influence, Kid Rock discussed the aftermath of a controversial marketing campaign featuring transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney that led to a nationwide boycott of Bud Light and other Anheuser-Busch brands.
Kid Rock gained attention for his symbolic protest against the company by destroying Bud Light beer with a semi-automatic rifle. Reflecting on his uncompromising stance, he emphasized his commitment to authenticity, stating, “I’ve always tried to live that there’s no dollar amount on God’s green earth that would get me to not be able to be who I am.”
During the interview with Fox News, Kid Rock shared an anecdote from a recent visit to a UFC match at Madison Square Garden, where he interacted with former President Donald Trump and UFC President Dana White. Acknowledging that White and Anheuser-Busch had signed a multi-year partnership, Kid Rock expressed concern for the rank-and-file workers and distributors who were affected by the company’s leadership decisions regarding Mulvaney.
Recounting a chance encounter with Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth at the UFC event, Kid Rock humorously described the situation, where Trump facilitated a conversation between them. Despite differences in opinion, Kid Rock suggested that he and Whitworth had a “great conversation.”
Addressing the context of the controversy, Kid Rock explained that his objection was not directed at Mulvaney but rather at Anheuser-Busch’s perceived endorsement of certain lifestyles and issues. He emphasized the importance of separating adult discussions from involving children and criticized attempts to influence children with particular ideologies.
Closing his remarks, Kid Rock underscored the need for coexistence in public spaces, respecting diverse perspectives, but drew a firm line at involving children in contentious debates, stating, “But as soon as you bring our kids into this, that’s where we’re going to bring hatred into it. Leave our frickin’ kids out of it.”