Kid Rock unceremoniously inserted himself into the national conversation behind Colin Kaepernick’s passive protest when Rock said “F–k Colin Kaepernick” while performing at Fenway Park in Boston over the weekend.
During Kid Rock’s performance of “Born Free,” the singer paused and exclaimed his condemnation of the 49ers quarterback before continuing with the song as usual. Other than the impromptu insult, Rock apparently offered no additional explanation during or after the show. His only tweet from the event simply said, “Thanks to everyone who came out to Fenway Park this weekend for our double header with @Jason_Aldean.”
Kid Rock has a history of flying confederate flags at his concerts and generally acting as a musical representative for patriotism, so his outburst is not the most surprising, but it does appear unwarranted considering Rock has made no other statements about Kaepernick’s involvement in the silent protest.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been kneeling during the national anthem since the beginning of football season in August. The move has caused a huge amount of controversy among sports fans and celebrities alike. However, Kid Rock has made the most damning and aggressive statement about Kaepernick’s action to date.
Kaepernick explained his protest to NFL,“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The quarterback’s explanation was given immediately after the San Francisco 49ers played against the Green Bay Packers, which was the first time Kaepernick took a knee for the anthem. Although the athlete made his intentions clear from the beginning, many people, including Kid Rock, have still taken the move as an insult to veterans and even called for Kaepernick’s expulsion.
Despite Kid Rock’s crude opinion about Colin Kaepernick, it hasn’t cost the Michigan musician any fans. When he uttered the insult at Fenway Park, the crowd cheered and clapped, showing no sign of disagreement with Rock’s statement.
Although Kaepernick’s protest has faced harsh criticism from more people than just Kid Rock, he has also inspired other athletes in the NFL to take a knee during the national anthem. Four players from the Miami Dolphins knelt during the National Anthem on September 11 and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall also participated in the protest against police brutality.
Kid Rock has marketed himself as a patriotic American rock artist for years. He supported Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential election and even coined the couplet, “They say Obama is lyin’/ That’s why I’m voting for Romney and Ryan,” so his political and social leanings, including his opinions on police brutality, are fairly simple to read.
In an interview with Rolling Stone this year, Rock also proclaimed his support for presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rock stated, “I’m digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same s–t…My feeling: let the motherf—–g business guy run it like a f—-ng business. And his campaign has been entertaining as s–t.”
The “Bawitdaba” singer is no stranger to delivering his opinion laden with expletives, but his statement about Kaepernick was unexpected and unwarranted. Although Kid Rock’s outburst came right before the first NFL season game, Kaepernick and others did not stop their protest.
Despite vocalizing his disapproval in Boston, Kid Rock has made no further statement about the incident or Colin Kaepernick.
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