Kid Rock dishes on encounter with Anheuser-Busch CEO, has a ‘bottom line’ message for trans community

Self-proclaimed “un-cancelable” rocker Kid Rock standing up for the little guy is part of who he is and he appeared on Fox News’ Hannity this week to express support for Bud Light workers after previously blasting the brand for its embrace of transgender “influencer” Dylan Mulvaney.

Host Sean Hannity noted that Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, attended a UFC fight over the weekend appearing with Dana White and former President Donald Trump — UFC recently struck a $105 million-a-year sponsorship deal with Bud Light, as Anheuser-Busch goes about proving that if you throw enough money around anything is possible, including unburying an all but dead beer brand.

With a focus on “working-class people,” Kid Rock said “they had no dog in this fight” and that while he may disagree with Bud Light’s decision to partner with Mulvaney he regrets the impact the company’s actions had — the iconic rocker posted a viral video back in April shooting up cases of Bud Light beer.

At the same time, he recounts an encounter with Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth at the UFC event: “Speaking of that UFC fight, I’m standing there with our favorite president and someone comes over, like, ‘The CEO of Anheuser-Busch is standing right behind you.”


He told Hannity he explained to Whitworth that the message the company sent is that they “support this lifestyle and more importantly men being in women’s sports, in my granddaughter’s locker room.”

“Most of us draw a hard line right there,” Kid Rock said.

Stressing that he did not take issue with people being transgender, he added, “I said, ‘What are you doing injecting yourself into this conversation, these polarizing social issues when you can be doing so much more positive stuff?'”

“If someone wants to be transgender and dress up like a girl or whatever, a lot of people fought and died for them to do that,” he said. “Go for it. We can co-exist.”

“You might not be my first dinner invite, you know what I mean? And I’m probably not yours,” he said. “If you’re gay, no one cares anymore. We all have gay family members, gay friends, gay coworkers.  It’s like, cut it out. Just be gay.”

Kid Rock concluded by addressing the gay and trans community directly: “Be yourself. If you’re cool with me I’m cool with you. That’s how most people are, but as soon as you bring our kids into this, that’s where you’re going to bring hatred into it. Leave our frickin’ kids out of it, that’s the bottom line.”


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