Brian Sims—the openly gay politician who served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 182nd district from 2013 until 2022—took aim at conservatives who've railed against Bud Light in response to Bud Light's ad campaign featuring transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
The ad sparked a backlash among some conservatives, with the hashtag #BoycottBudLight trending on Twitter as many complained that Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Bud Light, had gone too far in its support of the LGBTQ+ community at a time when Republicans are pushing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation nationwide.
Critics of Bud Light have alleged that Bud Light is now no longer a product intended for "real men" and will "turn" people LGBTQ+, which prompted Sims to respond with the following message:
"I remember my pre-Bud Light days so well. The axe body spray, all that Smash Mouth, mandles, my favorite cargos, the work sweatshirts, and all that ESPN."
"Bro, it was dope."
Sims' post included a photo of him from his high school football player days.
You can see Sims' post below.
Sims' post quickly went viral—and prompted many to issue their own posts mocking the conservative outrage.
Mulvaney, who gained fame on TikTok for her Day 365 Of Girlhood video series, was sent a personalized can of Bud Light with her face on it to commemorate a year since she began her gender transition.
However, the partnership has drawn criticism from bigoted social media users, who have called for a boycott of the brand and its parent company.
Earlier this month, musician Kid Rock sparked outrage on social media after posting a video of himself shooting cases of Bud Light beer in protest against the company's collaboration with Mulvaney.
Anheuser-Busch has defended its collaboration with Mulvaney, stating that the personalized can was sent as a "gift to celebrate a personal milestone and is not for sale to the general public."
The company also said that it works with "hundreds of influencers" across its brands "as one of many ways to connect with audiences across various demographics."