In a time when so many are overly concerned — and for good reason — with the thought they could be sidelined from polite society for simply holding a different perspective, music icon Kid Rock is unafraid.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, said during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he is “uncancelable” because he is not beholden to anyone and just doesn’t care if people disagree with him.
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“I’m not in bed with any big corporate things at the end of the day,” the singer-songwriter said in the interview, during which he used profane language. “There’s nobody I’m beholden to — no record companies, no corporate interests, no nothing. You can’t cancel me. I love it when they try.”
His confidence to speak his mind certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.
Kid Rock told Carlson he hears every day from other recording artists who wish they could openly speak their minds without fear of retribution from a mob of social media attackers waiting to pounce on anyone who holds a political perspective different from their own.
The “All Summer Long” singer noted he is not bothered by people who have “opposing views.”
“I’ve got a lot of friends and we’re still friends who are left and a little farther than that on some things,” he said. “I love getting together with them and cutting it up and having a couple beers and talking about things and hearing both sides. I think that’s important.”
Kid Rock, who, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic donated $100,000 to struggling small businesses, made headlines in late January, when he announced he would not be playing in venues that require patrons to wear masks and/or show proof of vaccination.
“Of course, yeah, that’s what the headline read from the left,” the entertainer said of the way his decision was reported in the news. “[I]’m like, ‘Great, sell my tour for me. Go for it.’ There was gonna be no vax cards by the time I toured, anyway. It was common knowledge. Anyone with half a brain knew that.”
The only city in which Kid Rock decided not to play, he said, was Buffalo, New York, because the state’s COVID-19 restrictions have been particularly onerous there.
“I’m not — no,” he said. “Why? Because it’s stupid.”
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