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Nashville Mayor: It's Either Kid Rock or Me

The mayor may skip the city's Christmas parade
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2018 4:33 PM CST
Musician Kid Rock listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the "Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act."   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – A Kid Rock interview on Fox & Friends has roiled Nashville's Christmas parade. The city's mayor might be a no-show at the parade if the singer serves as grand marshal, the AP reports. A spokesman for Mayor David Briley says Kid Rock's comments about The View host Joy Behar were "hateful" and he's leaning against participating in the parade if the singer is leading it. "When you have the grand marshal of what's labeled Nashville's Christmas parade saying hateful things on national television, the mayor obviously does not want to be included in an event with someone like that," spokesman Thomas Mulgrew said. Kid Rock used an expletive to describe Behar during an interview on Fox & Friends on Friday. "God forbid you say something a little wrong, you're racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and the other. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct," Kid Rock said in the interview. "And I would say, you know, love everybody. Except, I'd say screw that Joy Behar (expletive)."

Multiple Fox & Friends personalities apologized on air afterward. Kid Rock apologized for the language, but "not the sentiment." Briley is a liberal Democrat. Kid Rock, a brash Detroit-area musician whose real name is Robert Ritchie, for a while teased a Republican run for the US Senate in the election that just concluded. Kid Rock is slated to be grand marshal Saturday in the privately run Nashville Christmas Parade. At least one other Nashville politician, Metro Nashville councilman Freddie O'Connell, said on Twitter he won't be participating in the parade. "The choice of grand marshal evokes neither the spirit of Christmas nor the inclusivity I think represents the best of Nashville," he wrote.

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