Dylan Mulvaney has faced an unimaginable amount of backlash this week from anti-trans and right-wing groups after partnering with big names including Bud Light and Nike. But the social media stars and actors have largely remained silent about the issue, until yesterday.
Dylan, 26, who is transgender and uses the pronouns she/ they, posted a clip on TikTok yesterday singing Stephen Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone,” from Into The Woods. The performance was part of Dylan’s 365 Days Live! event held last month, which celebrated one year of Dylan’s transition.
Before singing (beautifully), Dylan gave a heartfelt message about surrounding yourself with people who support you.
“Whether you’re a parent or a child, or you’re young, or you’re old, or you’re trans, or you’re not. We’re all just trying our best here, aren’t we?” Dylan said. “And the most important thing is that we have the people in our lives to support us and celebrate our uniqueness. And that could be a mental health care professional or a teacher or a loved one, so long as we don’t feel alone.”
The influencer captioned the video, “This song felt fitting given the week ive had. Thank you all for making me feel supported, I am not alone.”
Dylan has been the center of intense vitriol and transphobia after launching a partnership with Bud Light. In an Instagram Reels video to Dylan’s more than 1.7 million followers on April 1, the influencer revealed a beer can with her face on the label as part of a March Madness promo with the brand.
The video and partnership sent right-wing figures into a spiral, with several calls to boycott the brand — including Kid Rock, who posted a video of himself shooting a stack of Bud Light cases.
Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light’s parent company, hasn’t specifically addressed the backlash or commented on the many anti-trans remarks made about Dylan, but said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that the commemorative could not be for sale to the public.
“Anheuser-Busch works with hundreds of influencers across our brands as one of many ways to authentically connect with audiences across various demographics,” a spokesperson for the company said. “From time to time we produce unique commemorative cans for fans and for brand influencers, like Dylan Mulvaney.”
Dylan’s Bud Light ad has more than 1.7 million views on Instagram Reels.
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