Saturday, December 1, 2018

Kid Rock kicked to the curb. Out as Christmas Parade Grand Marshall

Kid Rock has been replaced at the last minute as Grand Marshall of the Nashville Christmas Parade after Councilman Freddie O'Connell and Mayor David Briley threatened to boycott the parade unless he was replaced. This occurred yesterday and the parade was this morning.

What prompted the call for his removal was comments he made in which he called Joy Behar, "bitch."  The full statement was this:

God forbid you say something a little bit wrong, and you get called racist, homophobic, or worse. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct, and I would say love everybody - except, I'd say screw that Joy Behar bitch.
The show host, Steve Doocy, interrupted immediately and said, "No, no, no, no. You cannot say that. We apologize for that."

"I mean lady," Rock corrected himself.

 Fox News was in town live from lower Broadway at the grand opening of Kid Rocks new Broadway club, Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock & Roll Steakhouse.  The mood was fun and rowdy.  Watch the above video to see the full Kid Rock segment.

This shouldn't have amounted to that big of a deal, in my view.  Of course I agree with him. I never watch The View but have seen bits of it from time to time or excerpts from it. When I think of Joy Behar, I also think of "that Joy Behar bitch." I wouldn't say it aloud, but I think it, but I'm not Kid Rock.  In a spontaneous live setting, I can see how this might have been said. He immediately apologized and Fox News apologized.

We should not really be surprised of the city's response.  Nashville's powerful are politically correct liberals who are intolerant of dissent from liberal orthodoxy.  Kid Rock is a national celebrity and part-time Nashville resident with a home in the White Creek community who has made a major investment in downtown Nashville.  This comment should have been ignored. While I personally do not want to see the country music mecca of lower Broadway diluted by other musical genre, it is good for tourism, which of course is good for the local economy. 

The city powerful have always had an uneasy relationship with the music community. Kicking Kid Rock out as Grand Marshal of the Christmas Parade will not hurt tourism of course, but just demonstrates that the music community is really not part of the city's elite power brokers.  The city elite are  embarrassed by things like stock car racing, gun and knife shows, the state fair, flea markets, honky tonks, and Kid Rock.  The city is more comfortable promoting youth sexual deviancy than they are associating with someone who does not share their liberal political correctness.

To read The Tennessean's reporting on this story, follow this link.

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