The media is all abuzz over the social media sensation Dylan Mulvaney, who was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the “30 Under 30” for his influencer prowess. Mulvaney, known for his active presence on TikTok, is making waves by documenting his “days of girlhood,” and in the process, turning followers into fortunes. But let’s take a closer look at what’s really going on here.
Despite his newfound fame and fortune, Mulvaney insists that he never intended to be a spokesperson for the transgender community. However, some of his actions and words have sparked controversy. Mulvaney’s appearance on a podcast for makeup giant Ulta, where he discussed “all things girlhood” and expressed his desire to be a mom, stirred up a storm of criticism.
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And let’s not forget the recent partnership with Anheuser-Busch to promote Bud Light. This move sparked a massive boycott, with some beer distributors predicting that customers will steer clear of the brand. Even Billy Busch, the heir of Anheuser-Busch, lamented the marketing approach, suggesting that his ancestors would be “rolling over in their graves” at the company’s association with Mulvaney.
To top it all off, Mulvaney was awarded “Woman of the Year” at the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, where he delivered a speech expressing his gratitude to the queer community for accepting his truth. But let’s be real here. Despite the accolades and adulation, the majority of the public is not fooled. Many are left scratching their heads at the grandiosity surrounding someone who, by their own admission, has only publicly identified as transgender online for a little over a year and a half.
In the end, it’s clear that Mulvaney’s actions and words, along with his partnerships and recognition in the media, have stirred up controversy and division. And it’s no surprise when businesses and individuals speak out against what they perceive as the push of a personal agenda. Let’s hope that in the future, the “influencers” we recognize truly make a positive impact, without causing chaos and backlash in the process.