Kid Rock made sure protesters that spoke up against his use of the Confederate flag in his stage show knew how he felt. In a broadcast earlier this week, Megyn Kelly spoke about Kid Rock and the controversy surrounding him on The Kelly File. She also shared his statement about the protests, and he had a very typical Kid Rock response, according to E! Online. He told the protesters to kiss his a**.
The Confederate flag has been in the news a lot in recent weeks. On Friday, South Carolina removed the Confederate Flag in front of the statehouse. This move came only three weeks after Dylann Roof killed nine people in a South Carolina church. In one photo, he was seen posing with the Confederate flag. Roof’s intention with the shooting was to start a race war. He is a white man, and he killed nine African-Americans.
Roof started a very different war with his vicious attack. He started a war against the Confederate flag. Since the shooting, many have protested the use of the Confederate flag. In pop culture, the Dukes of Hazzard, received heavy criticism, and TV Land pulled the series off its network. This move also sparked outrage.
— Robert McClary (@kc8ysl) July 8, 2015
According to a previous Inquisitr report, Ben Jones, the actor behind Cooter on the series, spoke up in defense of the series and its use of the Confederate flag.
“That flag on top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural South were the values of courage and family and good times. Our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression. Activists and politicians are vilifying Southern culture and our heritage as being bigoted and racist. We know that this is not the case. And we know that in Hazzard County there was never any racism.”
John Schneider, the actor behind Bo Duke, also spoke up about the series after TV Land pulled Dukes of Hazzard from its network, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality. I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light. Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”
Warner Bros. has also decided to stop selling replicas of the General Lee since the shooting in South Carolina. One man that also owns one of the General Lee cars used during the production of the series plans to remove the Confederate flag from the top of the car. He wants to replace it with an American flag.
With the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, one might think the battle against the flag and its use would end. However, that is not the case. Walmart will not even sell items that contain the Confederate flag in its design. One Arkansas woman learned this the hard way when she went to the store to pick up a class ring for her nephew. She had ordered the ring weeks ago, but the clerk would not give her the ring when she arrived, according to Fox News.
“I wanted to cry. They wouldn’t let me have the ring. It had a note on it, was in a plastic bag, it said do not sell. It was signed by the store manager. I would give anything to have that ring. Anything. Just because it means so much to him.”
The woman’s money was returned to her, and the ring will be melted down, according to the report. As for Kid Rock’s use of the Confederate flag, he has spoken about its use in the past. According to the New York Times, he made it clear that it is not at all connected to racism when he said, “I’ve never flown that flag with any hate in my heart. Not one ounce.” In fact, Megyn Kelly revealed during her report that Kid Rock has a biracial son, and he is a now grandfather of a biracial grandchild.
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— Mario Martins (@newsthrottle) July 8, 2015
Kid Rock’s statement against the protesters has earned him some criticism. The rocker was born in Michigan, and he is being made fun of for his use and defense of such a strong Southern symbol. Seth Rogen went to his Twitter after Kid Rock’s statement was released.
Does Kid Rock know he’s from Detroit?
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 10, 2015
Protesters made their stand against Kid Rock at the Detroit Historical Museum earlier this week. According to Rolling Stone, the museum released a statement about their Kid Rock exhibit, and it will stay.
“The Kid Rock Music Lab is one of 10 permanent exhibitions at the Detroit Historical Museum. Kid Rock’s contribution to Detroit’s music history is significant and warrants his inclusion along with other key figures like Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin and Eminem. There are no displays of the Confederate flag in the Kid Rock Music Lab or anywhere else inside the Detroit Historical Museum.”
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