Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'

Rocker takes stand over his use of controversial flag
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2015 5:10 PM CDT
Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'
Musician Kid Rock performs at National Concert Day at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)

With South Carolina taking down the confederate flag and NASCAR banning it, Kid Rock chose to defend his own use of the Old South emblem: In his words, protesters can "kiss my ass." The rocker was reacting to people who opposed his display at the Detroit Historical Museum, which included the Confederate Flag but may not anymore, Rolling Stone reports. Rock sent a statement to Megyn Kelly at Fox News, saying, "Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass/Ask me some questions." Kelly quoted it in a video available on her Facebook page, editing his words to read, "kiss my ... ask me some questions," she says. "I modified that."

Raised in Michigan, Rock lives on an estate in Alabama and uses the Confederate flag "to highlight his Rebel Soul, the name of his 2012 album," Rolling Stone says. He has also toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, a southern band that often used the Confederate flag. But Rock isn't using the flag on his current tour. While Rock says he hasn't raised the flag to symbolize hate, a reverend at Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network tells that if the flag stays up, the museum is "consenting to this attitude and this promotion of the flag that we feel is a hate symbol." For its part, the museum says that "there are no displays of Confederate Flag in the Kid Rock Music Lab or anywhere else inside the Detroit Historical Museum." (More Confederate flag stories.)

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