In case you missed it: During a Q&A with Billboard Last week, Garth Brooks talked about Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, which the singer is opening in the South Broadway neighborhood of Nashville. He said: “I want it to be a place where you feel safe, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people that look alike. And yes, we will serve all brands of beer. We are fair. It is not our decision to make. This is our thing, if you [are let] in this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on Lower Broadway.
This was in reference to the conservative backlash Bud Light faced over its partnership with Dylan Mulvaney, and Brooks’ words drew unfavorable responses from John Rich and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz. Brooks, however, seems indifferent.
Yesterday Brooks hosted a Inside Studio G livestream and addressed the situation (like Billboard reports), saying, “We did an interview with Melinda Newman from Billboard, and out of that came a bit of a stir. So let’s go […] address two things about this. One is diversity. Inclusiveness: This is me. It’s always been me. […] Everyone has their opinion, but inclusiveness will always be me. I think diversity is the answer to the problems that are here and the problems that are coming. So I like diversity. All inclusive, so everyone is welcome. I understand that might not be the opinion of others, but that’s okay, man. They have their opinions, they have their convictions, I have mine.
He concluded, “Here’s the deal, man: if you want to come to Friends In Low Places, come in. Enter with love. Enter with tolerance, patience. Come with an open mind, and that’s cool. And if you’re one of those people who just can’t do that, I get it. If you are ever one of those people who wants to try, come! Let’s have a little fun. I don’t know how to explain it better than that.