Kid Rock refuses to apologize for using a gay slur during a performance at a Tennessee bar last weekend.
The 50-year-old musician was performing at the FishLipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 5, when he objected to audience members filming him with their cell phones.
Kid Rock shouted “f–k your iPhone” and called audience members “f–king f-ggots”. The footage was obtained by TMZ and went viral on Monday, prompting gay rights activists to demand an apology from the rap-rocker.
Instead, on Wednesday, Kid Rock tweeted in the third person:
“If Kid Rock using the word faggot offends you, good chance you are one. Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I will have a talk with him. Have a nice day.”
If Kid Rock using the word faggot offends you, good chance you are one. Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I will have a talk with him. Have a nice day. -Bob Ritchie
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) June 9, 2021
He signed off as Bob Ritchie, his real name.
Last month, Kid Rock was caught up in a racial controversy after showing support for fellow white musician Morgan Wallen, who was suspended from his label and banned from country music radio stations after he was filmed using the N-word during a night out with friends.
Kid Rock, who has a biracial son, offered Wallen his first gig following the controversy at his Nashville bar.
The word f-ggot is an LGBT+ insult in American culture. But in Britain, it means a bundle of small sticks tied together with string.