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Conservatives Foment Outrage Against Another Beer Getting Too ‘Woke’

Right-wingers are foaming at the mouth about beer once again.

Miller Lite started drawing accusations of “wokeness” (meaning, in this case, an awareness of history and a willingness to help farmers do their jobs) after conservatives caught wind of one of their Women’s History Month ads, which came out back in March.

The eco-conscious ad featured comedian Ilana Glazer talking about the role of misogyny in the beer industry over the decades.

Miller decided to make up for the objectifying bikini ads of past years by kicking off its “Bad $#!T to Good $#!T” recycling campaign, which composts old Miller merchandise into fertilizer, which is then donated to female farmers.

The whole thing is at least theoretically aimed at making the world better for beer drinkers (the ad says the new fertilizer “helps farmers grow quality hops”), but it also might make things better for some women, which means some very normal, chill people became furious about it.

“This is what happens when 20-something gender studies majors invade corporate boardrooms and wage woke crusades against their own consumers,” one Twitter user complained. “Another fallen one today — R.I.P. Miller Lite.”

Pointing to Bud Light’s most recent PR brouhaha, another wrote: “It seems Miller Lite doesn’t understand their audience either.”

“SHOCK: AB InBev not satisfied destroying its Bud Lite brand is now working hard to destroy its Miller Lite brand,” someone else groused. “Go woke, go broke.” (Anheuser-Busch InBev is the parent company of both Miller Lite and Budweiser.)

The situation definitely echoed Budweiser’s most recent entanglement in the culture wars.

A beer vendor holds cans of Coors Light and Miller Lite during a baseball game on June 24, 2022, in Milwaukee.

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That beer brand came under fire last month after arranging a small marketing partnership with TikToker Dylan Mulvaney, who is transgender. Outrage and boycotts swiftly followed.

In late April, Budweiser apologized for alienating any of its customers in a press release titled “Our Responsibility To America.”

“We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people,” Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Brendan Whitworth said. “We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”

The controversy was reflected in Budweiser’s bottom line: Last month, AB InBev sales were down 23% from April 2022, according to CBS MoneyWatch.

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