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I haven’t said a lot about this whole Dylan Mulvaney thing, mostly because Dylan Mulvaney is someone that never has and never will go above a 0.2 out of 10 on my Give-A-Shit-O-Meter. Attention-whores rarely do, and Dylan Mulvaney is an attention-whore extraordinaire.
Nor can I boycott Nike or Bud Light, for that matter, because I haven’t bought any of their products for years. If you find beer in my refrigerator or in a cooler when I’m outside, it’s from either Alaskan Brewing in Juneau or Denali Brewing just up the road in Talkeetna. My outerwear comes mostly from Duluth Trading or Key Apparel. I like rugged outdoor wear, not fancy “athletic” horseshit. Bud Light is consummately “sex in a canoe” beer – fucking close to water. I like my beer to have a little flavor. (I receive precisely nothing for linking to these companies; I only do so because I genuinely like their products.)
Lots of people are calling for boycotts of Anheuser-Busch and Nike, on the “get woke, go broke” model. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.
But have a look at what Lauren Southern has to say on companies going woke:
Now, Lauren – who I like and admire – wanders off course a bit towards the end of this piece, but her primary point is this: These huge mega-corporations aren’t doing this blindly.
I’m not so sure. I do seem to remember Gillette’s sales dropping precipitously, after their “buy our products, you toxic, sexist assholes” ad campaign. I haven’t looked at what Nike’s sales are doing right now (there’s that Give-A-Shit-O-Meter again) but wouldn’t be surprised if they’re feeling a little hit. I’d be much more surprised if Anheuser-Busch wasn’t feeling some pain. I doubt Dylan Mulvaney is very representative of Bud Light drinkers.
Personally I find the whole thing equal parts sad and amusing. I think Dylan Mulvaney is milking this thing for all that it’s worth, and it’s probably worth a fair amount of coin. I really doubt there’s any other reason for all this. No agenda, no moral issue, just attention-whoring for money. That’s all.