by Kerry Dougherty
In the first month after Dylan Mulvaney began promoting the Anheuser-Busch beer, sales of America’s most popular beer dropped 26.5% while Modelo’s were up 13.5%. The Mexican beer quickly toppled Bud Light as America’s best-selling beer.
Likewise, the June “Pride Month” boycott of Target resulted in a 5.4% drop in that company’s second quarter profits and caused Target to revise down its yearly numbers.
These are cautionary tales. Pay attention, Eventbrite.
The online platform that allows event organizers to distribute and sell tickets was targeted yesterday by Virginia’s Gov. Glenn Youngkin after he learned that Eventbrite unceremoniously dumped a “Protecting Women’s Sports with Riley Gaines” event at the University of California at Davis.
Riley Gaines, the champion collegiate swimmer who was forced to compete against Lia Thomas, a biological male, is on a mission to keep men out of girls sports.
Eventbrite announced… that it would no longer sell tickets for a speaking series on defending women’s athletics from male intrusion, featuring former University of Kentucky swimmer Gaines, claiming that the topic violates the company’s hateful-conduct policy…
‘Specifically, we do not allow content or events that – through on– or off-platform activity– discriminate against, harass, disparage, threaten, incite violence against, or otherwise target individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability,’ Eventbrite wrote in an email to Gaines that she later posted on X.
Ironically, until the Gaines dust up, Eventbrite hosted pro-Palestine and pro-Hamas events. It has since booted at least one of these.
Youngkin was being interviewed on the Clay and Buck Radio Show Monday when the governor said he was boycotting Eventbrite:
‘The fact that, first of all, Eventbrite continues to carry events around Hamas is unbelievable. But then, on top of that, to proactively terminate an event with Riley is beyond belief,’ Youngkin said on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.
‘As governor, I’ve told our political committee that we will no longer use Eventbrite and the governor’s office is no longer using Eventbrite. And I would ask your listeners: do not respond or RSVP to an invitation from Eventbrite. Just stop using ’em,’ he continued.
I dug through my emails and found at least a dozen Eventbrite links.
Thanks to the governor, I know what I’ll do with the next one that arrives.
Republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed and Unedited.