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.