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Anheuser-Busch CEO makes statement amid uproar over Dylan Mulvaney partnership

The company faced intense backlash after trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney announced her partnership with Bud Light.

ST. LOUIS — The CEO of Anheuser-Busch, the company that manufactures Bud Light, issued the company's first statement Friday amid intense anti-trans backlash online in recent weeks over Bud Light's partnership with social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney. 

Mulvaney, who is transgender and has publicly documented her experience transitioning, posted a video on April 1 announcing her partnership with Bud Light ahead of the men’s and women’s NCAA March Madness championship basketball games.

The company faced intense anti-trans backlash online from conservative commentators and entertainers, including from singers Kid Rock and Travis Tritt

In a statement titled "Our Responsibility to America," Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth said the company "never intended to be part of a conversation that divides people. We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer."

The statement did not specifically mention the company's partnership with Mulvaney.

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Whitworth added that "serving this country taught me the importance of accountability and the values upon which America was founded: freedom, hard work and respect for one another." 

"Moving forward, I will continue to work tirelessly to bring great beers to consumers across our nation," the statement concluded. 

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