Garth Brooks is opening a new bar in Nashville’s Lower Broadway area. It’s called “Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk,” and it’s scheduled to open this summer. Exciting news for country music fans! Or… is it? Cuz Deadline reports that, during a panel at Billboard Country Live this week, 61-year-old Garth revealed that his bar will sell “every brand of beer,” including Bud Light. Transphobes like Kid Rock and Travis Tritt are currently boycotting Bud Light for partnering with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney. But Garth says people who come to his bar will “love one another,” and the assholes can go elsewhere. Daaaamn, do I like Garth Brooks? Also, which one is Garth Brooks? According to Google, not the one married to Faith Hill. Well, who da thunk it?
Here’s exactly what Garth said:
“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,” Brooks said on the panel. “And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are. It’s not our decision to make. Our thing is this, if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.”
Kid Rock and country singer John Rich also have their own bars, and, unlike Garth, they’re totally boycotting Bud Light. Last Friday, Fox News Digital “found” John at his bar and asked him about Garth’s choice to serve Bud Light:
“If Garth is serving Bud Light in his bar, that’s fine,” Rich said. “Garth can do that. Garth might find out not many people are going to order it. And at the end of the day, you have to put things in your establishment that people are going to purchase if you’re going to run a successful business. So, he might find that out.”
Since Garth made that statement, his social media is getting filled with comments accusing him of “destroying American women” and harming the children. There’s also a bunch of #boycottgarthbrooks and “Get woke, go broke!” Despite commenters accusing Garth of “going liberal” (GASP!), Jezebel says that he has a history of supporting queer rights. His late sister, Betsy Smittle, was a lesbian, and in 1993 he won a GLAAD Media Award for his song “We Shall Be Free,” which featured the line, “When we’re free to love anyone we choose.” Sorry, conservatives, your beloved country king is an LGBTIA+ ally!
Pic: Chris Kleponis/CNP/startraksphot/Cover Images