Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has publicly demanded that the recording artist Kid Rock stop using the Confederate battle flag in his personal life and performances, or face a “national boycott and protest movement.”
It did not take long for the “Reverend” to get a response after claiming the flag is a racist symbol.
The rock star responded to the group’s request in a forward statement that Fox News host Megyn Kelly read on the air Wednesday night.
“He has shared with us a message for those who are demanding that he denounce the Confederate flag,” Kelly said in the middle of a discussion on the divisive symbol with TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch.
Megyn first reminded viewers how Kid Rock likely has done more to support Detroit than any other artist through a charitable foundation, and how ridiculous it was to call the rocker a racist given that he has a half-Black son, Bobby Jr.
Kelly then read Kid Rock’s modified response on the air.
“This is a quote, he said, ‘Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my…ask me some questions,’” Kelly said. “I modified that for cable TV.”
Members of the Michigan chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network held a protest in front of a Detroit museum Monday demanding the artist take a stand against the flag or they would boycott the facility, according to Bizpac Review.
The museum features an exhibit bearing the superstar’s name.
According to the Detroit Free Press, protesters burned the Confederate flag at a 2011 NAACP event in Detroit when the civil rights organization gave Kid Rock the Great Expectations Award.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, said at the time that he “never flew that flag with any hate in my heart.”
“Everybody knows where I stand and what I’m about,” he told the Free Press. “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.”