I’ve heard of Kid Rock, but I don’t know much about him. My musical tastes are varied, but they don’t extend as far as Kid Rock. But after hearing what Kid Rock — Robert James Ritchie — said that most likely will offend the LGBT alphabet soup of sexual choices, I might start listening to his music just to show my solidarity.
Kid Rock played at Barack Obama’s Inauguration but did not vote for him. It was a gig with a paycheck, and with Obama’s talk about fixing the racial divide, a lot of people were giddy over the prospects of a racially discharged America.
“I didn’t agree with his policies, but there was an exciting sense of change in the air.” He went on to note “the country is more divided than ever.”
Racial politics has gotten worse, thanks to Obama’s incessant talk about race and Eric Holder’s one-sided judicial stands on the issue. The racial divide is now a chasm so wide that it might take decades to repair.
“In a recent interview with The Guardian, musician Kid Rock spoke bluntly about his fame, fortune, and family, and even made a few statements regarding some of the nation’s hottest political issues, including gay marriage, the war on drugs, and abortion.”
It’s not that I necessarily agree with his positions on these subjects; it’s that he seems to be, at this point in time, unafraid to speak his mind and doesn’t care who he might offend.
This is, of course, before his manager and publicist come to him and explain that speaking out on certain issues can affect how much money he makes.
When Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the The Big Bang Theory, told the folks at Redbook that she wasn’t a feminist, it didn’t take her long to apologize. As expected, her comments were “taken out of context.” Apologizing for telling the truth is a social trend in Hollywood. Here publicist most likely told her, “If you want to keep working in this town . . . apologize and tell the world you didn’t mean it how it sounded.”
Here’s some of what Kid Rock said in the Guardian interview:
“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do.
“As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it.
“I don’t smoke much weed, it makes me dumb. But they should legalize and tax everything: pot, cocaine, heroin. Has it not been proven that people will always find a way to get what they want?”
He’s also a gun enthusiast and a supporter of the second Amendment.
But what’s going to get him in the most trouble are specific comments about the use of the word “gay.”
“He closed the post offering no apologies, and stated his opinion of the once wildly popular musical genre ‘Rap-Rock,’ which helped catapult him to superstardom more than a decade ago: ‘Rap-rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows. But it turned into a lot of bulls**t and it turned out to be pretty gay…
“If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go f**k themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
Stay tuned. I’ll be real disappointed if Kid Rock caves.