Kid Rock Condemned After Doubling Down on Homophobic Remarks

Kid Rock doubled down on his homophobic remarks after receiving heavy criticism for using a slur at a concert, and now the country rap rock star is coming under fire again for using the same term on Twitter just days later.

The musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was recorded angrily shouting the f-word while on stage during a gig in Tennessee last Saturday.

In footage published by TMZ, Ritchie appears to become incensed when a member of the audience uses a cell phone to record the gig and shouts "f****** f******" at them.

He tells the crowd "F*** your iPhone" and then says "you can post this" while gesturing to his crotch area.

"You f****** f******with your phones," he adds before the video is cut off.

The incident went viral earlier this week and Ritchie was widely condemned on Twitter.

However, the 50-year-old has appeared remorseless and doubled down on his comments and even repeated the slur.

Taking to Twitter and referring to himself in the third person, Kid Rock posted on June 9: "If Kid Rock using the word f****** 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."

He signed off the tweet "Bob Ritchie."

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

Unsurprisingly, the tweet hasn't gone down well, with Ritchie receiving further condemnation for using homophobic language.

One response to the tweet reads: "I am so confused right now. You used your real name to justify your stage persona's bad behaviour? And trotting out the old Clanger 'some of his best friends are gay'. Yes I had to Google 'Bob Ritchie'. No I'm not gay, just open minded."

While another person added: "Someone with gay friends wouldn't use that word as an insult. Enjoy the continued loss of fans and income."

Another added: "Do you understand the amount of people you've hurt today? I don't think these people will ever be able to get over what you just said. You may have the freedom of speech but your rights end where their feelings begin."

Meanwhile, activist Charlotte Clymer berated Ritchie in a viral tweet, mocking his redneck persona.

"My favorite fact about Kid Rock is that he presents himself as some avatar for blue collar America and redneck culture, but he literally grew up in a wealthy family on a large estate and has never really known blue collar struggle," she tweeted.

Newsweek has reached out to Ritchie's representatives for comment.

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Kid Rock performs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael Hickey/Getty Images