Kid Rock responds to controversies

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:14pm

It’s been quite a month for Kid Rock. The rock star and Michigan native has become embroiled in a slew of controversies lately, as he has been criticized as the opening-night choice for the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan and accused of violating campaign law.

The singer released an official statement on his Facebook page Monday morning to address his adversaries.

“People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create! (and by the way, f—- the extreme left and the extreme right!),” Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, wrote on Facebook.

Controversy arose when Sam Riddle, political director of the Michigan National Action Network, criticized the Red Wings in an interview with the Detroit Free Press for admonishing a white supremacy group who paraded with the team’s logo but still booking Kid Rock, who used to use Confederate flags in his performances, as the first performer to play at their new arena.

"So the Red Wings will open their new arena in Detroit next month with Kid Rock, a known lover of the Confederate Flag, a hate symbol; now the Wings wonder why and object to white supremacists using the Wings logo?" Riddle said.

A second issue involves Ritchie’s anticipated run for US Senate, which he has has been talking about since early July, when he launched a website devoted to his candidacy. Although the site sells merchandise emblazoned with campaign slogans and “Kid Rock ‘18 For US Senate,” Ritchie has not yet formally declared his candidacy.

Scandal broke earlier this month after non-partisan watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming that Kid Rock had broken the law by acting as a Senate candidate without registering as one.

Ritchie took to Facebook to respond to these criticisms.

“Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people / me racist who do not agree or cower to them!!” Ritchie wrote. “No one had a word to say when we sold out the 6 shows at LCA back in January! My track record in Detroit and Michigan speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine. I am also a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of Detroit, so suck on that too. I am the bonified (sic) KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.”

There was no explicit mention of his Senate run or its surrounding controversy in the statement, though people did not shy away from it in the comments section.

“I'm not in Michigan so I can't vote for you, but I stand with you & support you 100%! #KidRock4Senate You are a true, blue American, you love this country, you love your city, you love your state and you are FOR the people! Keep doin' you, boo! #KidRockNation,” one fan commented.  

Ritchie, whose Little Caesars Arena shows begin Tuesday night, decided to end his post on a positive note.

“There is so much to be thankful for and so many positive things going on in and around our city / state that we need not let these handful of jerks sway that in any way,” he wrote. “I know I should probably not even have posted anything about these bottom feeders but I will always stand up for myself, my family, my friends, my fans, my city, my state, my country and the good in human nature!”

He then finished off the statement with an emphatic post-script, in referencing to allegations that Kid Rock was offending Black Americans and Black culture with his support of the Confederate flag.

“P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!”