Kid Rock has given a blunt new interview to The Guardian in advance of his upcoming album release in February. In the piece, Kid Rock minces no words about controversial topics including guns, drugs, abortion, and gay rights. The self-proclaimed “Republican on fiscal issues and the military” but in “the middle” on social issues made a reference to what he termed “political correctness” with his use of a particular word.
When describing the early days of rap-rock, during which he found a great deal of success, Kid Rock gave his assessment and then a statement on that very assessment.
“[I]t turned into a lot of b******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*** themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
A Guardian editorial written by Will Young in November, 2013 described the use of the word “gay” to mean “crap” as a “form of bullying of gay people.” The author said youth in particular need to understand the word can be “very offensive and upsetting.”
Kid Rock, perhaps surprisingly, also told The Guardian he is not against gay marriage. Describing his general feeling on social issues, Rock implied he takes a hands-off approach.
“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.”
Other tidbits in the Guardian piece include that Kid Rock is in favor of legalizing drugs, even hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and taxing them. He also said he has a large gun collection but “I don’t think crazy people should have guns.”
Kid Rock is now 43. He told Rolling Stone in November that his last release, 2012’s Rebel Soul, was “a bad album.” Discussing one particular track on the upcoming First Kiss that takes a negative view of elements of current pop culture, Rock was unapologetic.
“I’m f***ing old. I’m not going to fit in, I’m f***ing fine with that, I don’t f***ing understand the Internet or Coachella or any s**t. And I just can’t f***ing try to pretend like I know. I like good times, cheap wine and back-beat rock and roll.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Rock will soon be a grandfather. His son, Bobby Ritchie, Jr., and his girlfriend are expecting a baby girl.
[Kid Rock image Scott Legato/Getty via Rolling Stone]