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    Chevy, Kid Rock in Confederate flag row with civil rights group


    Chevy, Kid Rock in Confederate flag row with civil rights group

    Jul 13th 2015 at 2:15pm By Brandon Turkus




    Two of Detroit's own are ensnared in controversy today. In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, mulleted musician Kid Rock told those protesting the Confederate Battle Flag to "kiss my ass." Now, Chevrolet, which is sponsoring Rock's summer concert tour, is under fire for its support.

    "We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock's summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom," a Chevy spokesperson told The Detroit Free Press last week. The company also uses the Kid Rock anthem Born Free in its pickup truck advertising.

    The company's position is not sitting well with the Detroit chapter of the National Action Network, though, which has called on GM to pull its support for the embattled artist.

    "It's obvious to us that, by supporting [Rock], while he's making inflammatory statements, General Motors becomes an accomplice if they allow him their support to stand behind his statements," the Rev. Charles Williams II, NAN's Detroit chapter director, told the Freep.

    As controversial as Rock's comments are, it's not entirely clear when the last time he actually waved that flag was. The Freep reports that several concertgoers don't recall seeing the flag during his most recent tour, or even over the last few years of concerts. In a 2002 interview with the paper, Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, said that the flag had been used as a symbol of southern rock and a rebel spirit, saying: "It's not about hatred or being a racist. I like Southern rock music, and a lot of people died under that flag for beliefs they had, right or wrong. But it stands for rebel, and my love of Southern rock."




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    Civil rights group to GM: Pull support from Kid Rock


    Civil Rights group to GM: Pull support from Kid Rock

    Robin Erb, By Greg Gardner and By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic
    9:39 p.m. EDT July 10, 2015


    Chevrolet has reiterated its commitment to Kid Rock's summer tour as a Detroit civil rights group takes its fight to the automaker two days after the rocker said protesters can "kiss my ..." amid demands he denounce the Confederate flag.

    The Detroit chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), a New York-based group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, sent a letter requesting a meeting with Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, which is sponsoring Rock's summer tour.

    A company spokesman said Friday that the automaker stands behind a statement issued Monday after a NAN demonstration against Rock.

    "We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock's summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom," the statement read.

    Kid Rock has declined to issue a formal statement about the recent flag flap, but did express disdain for the protesters in a remark relayed Wednesday by Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly. Wrapping up a segment about Rock and the Confederate flag, Kelly passed along his message.

    "Please tell the people protesting that they can kiss my ....," Rock said, according to Kelly.

    Rock's spokesman told the Free Press today that the remark came from a conversation between Rock and the Fox host.

    "There was no official statement given to Fox News and there is no official statement," said publicist Nick Stern.

    The Rev. Charles Williams II, who heads the Detroit activist group, insisted that GM withdraw its support from Rock, saying the flag represents racism and hatred.

    Rock told the Free Press in 2002 that he used the flag during that year's tour as a nod to Southern rock and a rebel spirit. It's unclear how recently Rock has displayed Confederate flag imagery in concert, but some fans have told the Free Press it has not appeared onstage in several years, including Rock's current tour.

    Earlier today, in the wake of the shooting deaths of nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last month, the flag was removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds in a brief ceremony.
    The accused gunman in the deaths, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had posted photos of himself online posing with Confederate flags.

    "It's obvious to us that, by supporting (Rock), while he's making inflammatory statements, General Motors becomes an accomplice if they allow him their support to stand behind his statements," Williams told the Free Press.

    Williams said he was surprised at the remarks by Rock, who in 2011 received a Great Expectations award an honor that Rock at the time called "by far the coolest award I've received."




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