“If Kid Rock uses the word f – – – – t offends you, chances are you are.” ” the 50-year-old rapper tweeted Wednesday in a statement credited with his real name, Bob Ritchie. Rock then tried to put a good mood twist on his post by adding, “Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I’ll have a conversation with him.” Have a good day. “
The Michigan native was responding to an inflammatory TMZ clip from last week that featured him spitting homophobic epithets at fans filming his Saturday show in Tennessee.
Apparently not getting all the attention he was looking for, Rock – née Robert James Ritchie – looked into a fan’s phone as they recorded it and yelled, “F – – k your iPhone, yeah ! He then turned to the general crowd and shouted. “You f – – king f – – – – ts with your iPhones out!” ”
Rock’s homophobic chorus didn’t perform so well on social media.
“Someone with gay friends wouldn’t use that word as an insult” wrote a review of the deaf statement, which ironically came out in June – LGBTQ pride month. “Take advantage of the continued loss of fans and revenue. “
Another observed: “It’s funny how fanatics always claim to have friends for any particular insult they throw. “
“What’s the insult to someone who hasn’t been relevant since 1998?” ” joked one commentator.
This isn’t the first time Rock has used a gay pejorative.
In 2015, Ritchie told The Guardian that rap-rock, the genre that inspired his name, “turned into a lot of bulls – – t” and was “pretty gay.”
“If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that, you’re telling them to fuck themselves,” he added.