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Hollywood actress Rosie O’Donnell host a podcast and recently featured transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney who sparked boycotts and backlash following advertisements for Bud Light.
O’Donnell criticized Americans for boycotting Bud Light. She told Kid Rock to “put down your gun” after the rock star shot at cases of Bud Light in protest.
She argued Kid Rock’s display of protest was “in bad taste.”
“Beer companies have been supportive of the LGBTQIA community for decades,” O’Donnell said. “This is not the first time.”
“Who do you think sponsors pride? Gay people, trans people, we drink beer, too, man,” O’Donnell said.
During the podcast, Mulvaney said boycotters “don’t understand me” and argued it’s “so sad.” Mulvaney says the main goal has been to publish only positive posts on social media.
“These people, they don’t understand me and anything that I do or say then somehow gets taken out of context and is used against me and it’s so sad because everything I try to put out is positive,” the influencer said. “It’s trying to connect with others that maybe don’t understand me. It’s to make people laugh or to make a kid feel seen.”
Bud Light produced beer cans featuring Mulvaney’s face to celebrate “365 days of girlhood,” which marks Mulvaney’s gender transition from male to female.
Mulvaney is embracing a new goal of being “uncontroversial.” Mulvaney told O’Donnell about efforts “to be the most uncontroversial person this past year.”
Despite this goal, Mulvaney has accepted marketing deals from multiple brands, including Nike, Tampax tampons, and other feminine care products.
Mulvaney models women’s clothing on social media, including sports bras and leggings.
Mulvaney is also partnered with Olay, KitchenAid, Kate Spade, Ulta Beauty, Tampax, and recently, Nike women’s athletic wear.
“The reason that I think I am so… I’m an easy target is because I’m so new to this,” Mulvaney claimed.
“I think going after a trans woman that’s been doing this for like 20 years is a lot more difficult. I think maybe they think that there’s some sort of chance with me … But what is their goal?”