Social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney once said it should be “illegal” for people to refer to them by the incorrect pronouns. Mulvaney proclaimed this in a newly resurfaced TikTok video, titled “Adult Bullies.”
In the October 2022 video, which is currently being shared on Twitter, the 26-year-old took aim at unidentified conservative journalists who have constantly referred to Mulvaney as a “man” in their media coverage. “Like, the articles written about me using ‘he’ pronouns and calling me a man over and over again, I feel like that should be illegal. I don’t know, that’s just bad journalism,” Mulvaney said in the October 2022 video.
Dylan says those articles were “even worse” than when people have falsely accused Mulvaney of being a pedophile. “I’m reminding myself that those people actually feel like they’re doing the Lord’s work,” Mulvaney said. “They believe that their bullying actually is the right thing to do, and I’m the one to blame when I’m just over here trying to live my best life.”
The resurfaced video emerged as Mulvaney returned to Instagram Thursday in the wake the mass outrage over their Bud Light partnership. The saga embroiling Anheuser-Busch erupted earlier this month when Mulvaney, who boasts more than 10 million followers on TikTok and Instagram, revealed a new sponsorship deal with the beer brand. It quickly led to calls for a boycott of the nation’s largest beer company as the partnership tarnished the iconic brand. Mulvaney went dark on the social media platform for several weeks as the backlash intensified.
“A lot has been said about me,” Mulvaney said in the clip on Thursday. “Some of which is so far from my truth that I was hearing my name and I didn’t know who they were talking about sometimes. It was so loud that I didn’t even feel part of the conversation so I decided to take the backseat.”