An Indiana bar is frantically backtracking after it went woke by banning anyone who criticizes Bud Light’s recent partnership with the transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
Indiana Bar threatens to BAN customers who they accuse of “bigotry and hatred” for complaining about Bud Light being still stocked at the venue.
The Fairfax Bar & Grill in Bloomington, Indiana has said they will force customers to “immediately leave” if they question why the… pic.twitter.com/LeXpkpKxhA
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Restaurant Supports Bud Light Going Woke
Daily Mail reported that Bud Light has seen a massive decrease in sales since partnering with Mulvaney on a marketing campaign, even putting her face on a beer can to celebrate her 365 days of “girlhood.” Afterwards, $6 billion was wiped off of Bud Light’s parent company Anheuser-Busch’s market cap as many Americans turned on the brand for going woke.
Days after the backlash erupted, The Fairfax Bar & Grill in Bloomington voiced its support for the Mulvaney campaign, saying that “any patrons wanting to voice their concerns about the issue will be immediately asked to pay their bill in leave.”
“We are tired of all of the hate,” the full statement read. “We are very open to debate and discussion and it’s truly a shame that we can’t have open conversations about this important political and cultural topic.”
“Bars, in our opinion, exist as public spaces where ideas should be exchanged,” it continued. “Unfortunately due to all of the bigotry and hatred that has surfaced around the Bud Light controversy any patron wanting to voice their concerns about the issue will be immediately asked to pay their bill and leave our establishment.”
Bud Light has been hit by a huge 17% drop in sales since the Dylan Mulvaney partnership on March 31st.
The latest sales data from NielsonIQ shows a huge drop -17% during the week ending April 15th. The week prior sales of the beer had slumped 11%, meaning the drop increased by… pic.twitter.com/HxvF1NaS1d
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This apparently did not end well for the restaurant, however, as it has since released another statement practically begging customers to come back.
“A lot has been said – some correct, and some incorrect – and I want to clarify my stance,” read a statement posted to the establishment’s Facebook page. “What I really want to convey is this: just be respectful. Different opinions are welcome here as long as they are delivered respectfully.”
“We’d no more want ugly, aggressive or rude interactions about which sports team someone thinks is better, than about societal issues,” it continued. “We do not and will not censor opinions, but we do require civility in this establishment.”
“So if you can’t play nice, then get out of the sandbox. That goes for everyone!” the statement concluded. “Let’s remember why we even gather at a bar – to enjoy each other’s company – and raise a glass to civility.”
The bar has since blocked comments on this post after being inundated with negative ones.
“All I want for Christmas is to see this place shut down!” read one comment that got 200 likes before comments were turned off. Many other commenters wrote, “Go woke, go broke.”
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Bar Owner Stands By Ban
The latest statement from the restaurant is in stark contrast to what the establishment’s owner McKinley Minniefield told Newsweek just last week, when he described the city of Bloomington as “a blue dot inside of a very red state.”
“I won’t tolerate hate speech, and I think that’s where I draw the line as a human, as a business owner,” he said as he defended the ban.
“I’m 100 percent open to debate and to offering a place where people can and exchange ideas,” Minniefield continued. “I think it’s really important that we keep these public places… where people can come and have a beer and sit next to somebody, share a beer with somebody they maybe don’t agree with or see eye to eye with.”
Minniefield also defended banning those who are against the Mulvaney partnership in an interview with WISH-TV.
“We were just dealing with a lot of hate speech, and people being uncomfortable. My bartenders were aggravated and we had customers that were leaving,” he claimed. “We’re a local dive bar in southern Indiana, there’s a lot of ideas that tossed around here, but I’ve never dealt with anything recently that was so overtly hateful.”
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Clearly, Minniefield has since changed his tune, as he’s likely learned the hard way that when you go woke, you really do go broke. It remains to be seen if his former patrons at The Fairfax Bar & Grill will ever return, or if they’ll decide to find another bar to go to for their next beer!