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Kid Rock doubles down on homophobic slur during Pride Month show, uses it again

Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Entertainment News

Kid Rock was filmed using a homophobic slur while the music star performed in Tennessee on Saturday, and then used it again when defending his own use of it.

The video, obtained by TMZ, shows Kid Rock getting angry and dropping F-bombs about audience members filming him with their phones during a show in Fishlipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, Tennessee.

"(Expletive) your iPhone, yeah!"

Kid Rock, also known as Robert James Ritchie, then seemingly mocks his audience by motioning toward his crotch and saying, "You can post this, you can post this, you can post this (expletive) right now."

Rock then dropped the slur and called attendees, "You (expletive) (homophobic slur) with your phones out!"

After noticing news reports and angry fans, Kid Rock took to Twitter to defend his usage of the word.

"If Kid Rock using the word (homophobic slur) offends you, good chance you are one," the tweet reads. "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. -Bob Ritchie."

Kid Rock could not be reached for comment.

This isn't the first time Rock has found himself in some hot water.

 

In 2019, he was escorted off stage after making inappropriate and offensive comments about Oprah Winfrey and Joy Behar.

"Oprah Winfrey is like, 'Hey, I want to get some white women to believe in this (expletive).' (Expletive) her," Rock said at the time. "She can suck (expletive) sideways. ... And if you say that, you're like, 'Hey, well I'm pretty sure Kid Rock is a racist,' I'm like, OK, fine."

Amid the controversy, he announced he would not be renewing his licensing deal for his Detroit restaurant, Made in Detroit.

Rock also verbally attacked the Rev. Al Sharpton, calling the Michigan National Action Network founder a "tax-evading, race-baiting clown."

In 2017, Rock announced a U.S. Senate run, hoping to displace U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. After about three months of garnering support and attention, Rock announced it was just a publicity stunt for an upcoming album release.

After a brief investigation, the Federal Elections Commission cleared him of any wrongdoing and said he did not "appear to have taken even the most basic steps to become a candidate."

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