Kid Rock, Chevy Garner Backlash Over Confederate Flag

Kid Rock and Chevy are the targets of backlash due to use of the Confederate Flag and for expressing Southern pride.

During an appearance on the Megyn Kelly show on Fox News, Kid Rock said those who protest the Confederate Flag can “kiss my a*s.” While Chevy, has not made any such comments, protesters are still angry at the Detroit automaker because the company is a sponsor on Rock’s summer tour.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kid Rock, Robert Richie, 44, and Confederate Flag usage and support appears to have angered Reverend Al Sharpton followers. On July 6, protesters reportedly “linked” to Sharpton’s National Action Network marched outside a Detroit Historical Museum dedication to the Southern rock singer.

Kid Rock shared his thoughts about those angry over his use and support of the Confederate Flag in a statement issued to Megyn Kelly.

“Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my a** / Ask me some questions, Rock said.

Four years ago the Detroit NAACP gave Kid Rock received an award. Rock is the father and custodial parent of a biracial son. During his speech, the singer made mention of his use of the Confederate Flag.

“I have never flown that flag with hate in my heart. Not one ounce.”

Chevrolet, has not yanked its support from Kid Rock or its sponsorship of the tour. “Born Free,” the “Kid Rock anthem” plays during Chevy truck commercials.

“We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom,” a Chevy spokesperson told The Detroit Free Press.

The National Action Network, though is pushing GM to pull all of its support and promotion from Kid Rock.

“It’s obvious to us that, by supporting [Rock], while he’s making inflammatory statements, General Motors becomes an accomplice if they allow him their support to stand behind his statements,” Reverend Charles Williams II, of the Detroit National Action Network, said.

It’s not about hatred or being a racist. I like Southern rock music, and a lot of people died under that flag for beliefs they had, right or wrong. But it stands for rebel, and my love of Southern rock,” Robert Ritchie said during a 2002 interview when discussing the Confederate Flag.

Do you think Kid Rock and Chevy should cave in to the National Action Network and protesters?

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