Michigan musician Kid Rock on Monday responded to criticisms that he is the wrong act to open the taxpayer-subsidized Little Caesars Arena this week because of his politics and past use of the Confederate battle flag.
The controversy and planned protests of his concert Tuesday began when Bridge Magazine published an Aug. 31 guest commentary from Detroit resident Camille Johnson, who wrote “at best, the selection is naively tone-deaf. At worst, it’s an affront to people of color who feel left out of improvements in their own city.”
After the article, Kid Rock is a disgrace. Why is he first act of Little Caesars Arena?, Detroit Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson also slammed the selection and the arena’s owner, citing among other things that hundreds of millions of public dollars spent on the new arena in majority black Detroit. Meanwhile, a civil rights group, the National Action Network, planned a protest outside Kid Rock’s concerts, which begin Tuesday.
The arena’s owner, Chris Ilitch of Ilitch Holdings, said he “can’t control what any artist does or says.” Mayor Mike Duggan also weighed in on the fray last week, saying that those who don’t like Kid Rock, who has mused about the possibility of running for U.S. Senate, shouldn’t attend his concert.
Here is Kid Rock’s response, posted on his website, in which he also takes some charities he contributed to to task for not defending him. Needless to say, it includes vulgarities:
People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create! (and by the way, fuck the extreme left and the extreme right!)
They are trying to use the old confederate flag BS, etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office. 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!! 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 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.
I am however very disappointed that none of the people, businesses or charities I have so diligently supported in Detroit have had anything to say about all these unfounded attacks from these handful of jackasses and The Detroit Free Press. So for the unforeseen future I will focus my philanthropy efforts on other organizations besides the ones I have supported in the past. I would however employ that NAN go ahead and make up these losses since they claim to be so good for Detroit and do not want me opening the arena and generating tons of jobs and tax dollars for the city and people I LOVE... IDIOTS! ….. (Has Al Sharpton even paid his back taxes yet?)
It continues with several post scripts, concluding:
P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!