Country music icon Garth Brooks has taken a stand against “hatred” and declared that his upcoming bar in Nashville’s South Broadway District will serve every brand of beer, despite the recent controversy surrounding Bud Light.
The beer company faced backlash after sending a personalized beer can to transgender actress Dylan Mulvaney.
In response to the controversy, country music stars John Rich and Kid Rock distanced themselves from Bud Light and stopped selling the beer at their respective bars. However, Brooks has chosen a different path for his ‘Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk.’ In an interview with Billboard, he expressed his vision for the bar, stating, “I want it to be the Chick-fil-A of honky-tonks.”
Brooks emphasized creating a safe and friendly environment, where patrons feel respected and get along with each other. He stated, “I want it to be a place you feel safe in, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another. And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are.” He further added that it’s not their decision to make for the patrons, saying, “Our thing is this if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an a**hole, there are plenty of other places on Lower Broadway.”
Despite Brooks’ stance, there were mixed reactions on the internet. Some users expressed their skepticism, with one questioning if Brooks had been paid for his decision. Another user emphasized that people have the power to make choices with their wallets and suggested that there are many other bars nearby. A third user simply stated their disappointment and said they would no longer support Brooks.
However, there were also supporters who reminded others of Brooks’ past actions in support of the LGBTQ+ community. One person mentioned his song “We Shall Be Free,” released 31 years ago, which promotes the idea of freedom to love anyone. They also pointed out that Brooks had performed the song with rainbow stage lights in recent years.
Garth Brooks’ decision to serve all beer brands at his bar reflects his belief in creating an inclusive and accepting environment. While opinions on social media vary, it is clear that Brooks has chosen a path he believes aligns with his vision of promoting love and respect among patrons.