He’s apparently still not Kidding.
Amid fierce backlash over a homophobic remark last week, Kid Rock has finally decided to address critics — by repeating the same slur that got him trouble in the first place.
“If Kid Rock using the word f—-t offends you, good chance you are one,” tweeted the 50-year-old rapper Wednesday in a statement credited to his real name, Bob Ritchie. Rock then attempted to put a good-natured spin on his remark by adding, “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.”
The Michigan native was responding to an inflammatory TMZ clip from last week that depicted him spewing homophobic epithets at fans filming his June 5 show in Tennessee.
Apparently not receiving the undivided attention that he craved, Rock — née Robert James Ritchie — gazed into one fan’s phone as they recorded him and yelled, “F–k your iPhone, yeah!” He then turned to the crowd at large and shouted “You f–-ing f—-ts with your iPhones out!!!”
Kid Rock had yelled a gay slur at fans for filming him during his June 5 concert in Tennessee.Getty Images
Rock’s homophobic refrain didn’t go over so well on social media.
“Someone with gay friends wouldn’t use that word as an insult,” wrote one critic of the tone-deaf statement, which, ironically, came out in June — LGBTQ pride month. “Enjoy the continued loss of fans and income.”
‘What’s the slur for someone who hasn’t been relevant since 1998?’
Another observed: “Funny how bigots always claim to have friends of whatever particular slur they happen to be slinging.”
“What’s the slur for someone who hasn’t been relevant since 1998?” quipped one commenter.
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 tell them to go f–k themselves,” he added.