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Kid Rock defiant in face of latest controversy

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Kid Rock is characteristically unapologetic about his latest controversy.

The Romeo native has been slammed for using a homophobic epithet while insulting crowd members filming an impromptu performance last weekend at FishLipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, Tenn. The video was widely shared on social media.

Rock has responded with an defiant new social media message of his own, signing with his real name, Bob Ritchie. "If Kid Rock using the word f----- offends you, good chance you are one," he writes. "Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I will have a talk with him. Have a nice day."

Rock, who lives primarily in Tennessee these days, is no stranger to dust-ups like this. His profanity-laced "Fox & Friends" remarks about "The View's" Joy Behar in 2018 led to him being removed from that year's Christmas Parade in Nashville, while in 2019 he tore into Oprah Winfrey and others during a spontaneous appearances at this Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville.

During a virtual 50th birthday "Birthday Hang" on Jan. 17 in Nashville, Rock said he's working on several projects, including a new album as well as a documentary film. Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band return to the road Aug. 8 in Sturgis, S.D., and follow with an Aug. 14-15 run at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant.

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