A recent rant made by Kid Rock has landed the iconic musician in hot water.
Sam Riddle, political director of NAN's MI chapter, called out the Ilitch family for allowing Kid Rock, a politically divisive figure, to open a restaurant there in the taxpayer-subsidized arena in the first place. "I am beholden to no one, no corporate sponsors, no label and I am gonna go the f-k off!"
"I appreciate all who have patronized our place and still have much love for the City of Detroit and the people / organizations that I have helped there for years, black, white, whatever, but learned long ago, go where you're celebrated, not tolerated", Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, wrote.
An Ilitch Holdings official said Wednesday Kid Rock "voluntarily decided" not to renew the deal coming up in April for the Little Caesars Arena restaurant. "As our venues are open, inviting, inclusive, and respectful to all, we look forward to bringing on an exciting new concept that aligns with our community and company values", the company said.
"F*** Oprah Winfrey", Kid Rock said, rambling into a microphone.
'I guess the millions of dollars I pumped into that town was not enough.
During the seemingly-drunken rant, the musician is seen squatting up and down in a vulgar manner as he complains, 'Oprah Winfrey is like "Hey, I just want women to believe in this s**t".
Kid Rock (sort of) elaborated on his disdain for Winfrey in a follow-up tweet Friday.
Kid Rock's Made in Detroit restaurant has operated since the arena's opening in September 2017.
While activists spoke out about Kid Rock, the bare-chested musician posted a photo of himself extending his middle fingers on Facebook. "You haters better be shaking in your boots".
The "Redneck Paradise" crooner's diatribe came after he announced via Facebook on Wednesday that he would not be renewing his agreement for his restaurant in April after he said people tried to "label me a racist".
The eatery has doors at 2645 Woodward Ave., seats 175 people, and is open seven days a week.
The Made in Detroit restaurant features rock- and Southern-themed food offerings, along with the array of Kid Rock memorabilia.
The video later shows Kid Rock performing on stage and then sitting at the edge of the stage before what appears to be a police officer helps him regain his feet and escorts him from the stage.
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