Dylan Mulvaney breaks silence on ‘cruel’ Bud Light backlash

Dylan Mulvaney breaks silence on ‘cruel’ Bud Light backlash


Dylan Mulvaney addresses her social media absence

Dylan Mulvaney, 26, flew to fame on TikTok with her Days of Girlhood series, documenting her transition from male to female.

Last month, the influencer, who has garnered millions of followers across multiple social media platforms, revealed her partnership with Nike to promote their women’s wear collections and alcohol brand Bud Light on their March Madness campaign.

The partnerships immediately sparked a frenzy online, sparking criticism from the likes of former Olympians, Caitlyn Jenner and Kid Rock among countless others.

After spending two weeks almost entirely offline amid the backlash, the influencer returned to TikTok on Thursday with a lengthy clip addressing the backlash and taking a spin on the series that catapulted her to celebrity status, titling the clip: Day 9,610 of being a human.

She began: “I’m going to try to leave gender out of this since that’s how we found ourselves here.

“A lot has been said about me, some of which is so far from my truth I was like hearing my name and I didn’t even know who they were talking about sometimes. It’s a very dissociative feeling.

“It was so loud that I didn’t even feel part of the conversation so I decided to take the backseat and just let them tucker themselves out.

“But then I remembered that nearly 13 million people at some point enjoyed me enough to hit the follow button on these apps and I was like; ‘Wait wait wait, I want to talk to those people’. So hi! Long time no talk!”

Dylan advised her viewers to “grab a beverage” because “this is going to be a longer one”.

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She reassured her supporters that she’s “doing okay” and explained she had been silent as she was practising not “sharing anything before I’m ready”, and recommended it to her followers.

The influencer revealed she’d also been “having crazy Deja Vu” throughout the backlash as she was receiving the same criticisms she had been branded by as a child by bullies on the playground.

Throughout both her childhood troubles and the more recent criticisms, Dylan noted that she had stuck by her faith, “tried to love everyone” and tried to understand where the frustrations were coming from, but this time it wasn’t as simple.

She continued: “What I’m struggling to understand is the need to dehumanise and be cruel. I don’t think that’s right.

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“Dehumanisation has never fixed anything in history ever.”

Aside from the criticisms being hurtled at her, Dylan was also concerned that her following would “start believing those things they say about me”, but trusted that “the people that know me won’t listen to that noise”.

The influencer explained that going forward she wants to return to making content but hopes to show “parts of myself that have nothing to do with my identity”.

She concluded the clip, which received over six million likes in less than 24 hours, by thanking the supporters and fans who stuck by her throughout this ordeal and added that if reincarnation is real she hopes to come back as “someone non-confrontational and uncontroversial”.

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