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Kid Rock, a popular vulgar rock-rapper whose lyrics wouldn’t begin to pass muster with the Federal Communications Commission, is headlining the youth concert during the inauguration festivities for President Bush – a politician who was re-elected largely due to the participation of traditional “values voters.”
The Detroit-based rapper, who dedicated his first album to songs about oral sex and who was voted the Sluttiest Male Celebrity at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, will perform Jan. 18 at the Washington, D.C., Armory in a concert hosted by Bush daughters Jenna and Barbara. Teenage singer JoJo also will appear at the event.
“Anybody that knows anything about Kid Rock knows that his music is disgusting and vile, and Republicans, and most certainly the Christian Republicans that got Bush re-elected, should be appalled by this,” WND reader Dave Parker commented. “At best, it is a horrible oversight by a clueless event organizer. At worst, it is a slap in the face to all who voted for Bush with the belief that he is a more moral person than Kerry.”
Kid Rock (photo: wikipedia.com)
Kid Rock, aka Robert James Ritchie, has been known to attend Republican events. The New York Times reported that during a party he attended at the Republican National Convention last year, Kid Rock noted that if he were president he would never get caught having sex in the Oval Office, but would instead install cameras in the Lincoln Bedroom.
New York Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grover reported on Kid Rock’s support for Bush last July. According to the columnist, the rapper was arguing with hip-hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons and others outside a movie theater about whether or not to see Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
“I don’t want to see that, it’s all propaganda,” the rock star said – sparking a prolonged political debate right there on the sidewalk.
“Russell, don’t you understand, everything we got in this country, we got from fighting,” Kid Rock argued, according to Simmons’ account. “It’s just a movie. … I’d rather go to the bar across the street.”
Kid Rock refused to see the movie and said goodbye. The others bought tickets and went into the theater.
A couple of hours later, Simmons returned to his parked car. On his windshield was a scribbled note:
“Vote Bush. Bush Rocks,” apparently written by Kid Rock himself.
Kid Rock’s first album, “Grit Sandwiches for Breakfast,” fixates on oral sex, including one song, “Yo Da Lin In The Valley,” that describes the lyricist’s exploits with multiple women in detail. Another similar tune is “Wax the Booty.”
Also featured on his 1990 debut album is “Pimp of the Nation,” which ironically takes a swipe at Bush’s mother. The lyrics include:
Pimp of the Nation, I could be it
As a matter of a fact, I foresee it
But only pimpin’ hoes with the big tush
While you be left pimpin’ Barbara Bush
Some of Kid Rock’s songs include the F-word in their title, such as “F— U Blind” and “F— Off.”
The performer’s lyrics often center on the recreational nature of sex and speak of women as mere playthings.
According to an online bio, “Kid Rock is noted for his use of adult film stars when he performs (nude when he can get away with it), as Kobe Tai and Jenna Jameson have danced on stage while Kid does his thing.”
After reading some of Kid Rock’s lyrics, Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, was outraged the rapper would be a part of the president’s festivities.
“I just read Kid Rock’s sexually explicit lyrics and feel ashamed and dirty for even looking at his songs,” he told WND. “If this sex-crazed animal, whose favorite word is the F-word, is allowed to sing at Bush’s inauguration this will send a clear message to pro-family Americans that the Republican Party has taken them for a ride and ditched them in the gutter.”
Said Thomasson on the rapper’s lyrics: “This is the worst I’ve ever seen. This guy’s singing about how he sexually exploits every girl and then asks them if he can do it with their moms.”
Thomasson wondered how “Bush’s FCC can take the F-word off TV and fine radio and television networks that cuss on the air and show indecency, and then have the most indecent, sexually explicit, anti-family white singer on the planet representing the second term of George W. Bush.”
Thomasson said even if Kid Rock were to perform less offensive songs at the youth concert, his mere presence at a Bush event sends a huge message.
“This is more than inconsistent; it’s a sham,” he said. “This guy is one of the worst role models for youth imaginable.”
Concluded Thomasson: “It makes me angry. … This is a good reason to leave the Republican Party.”
The music planned for the actual inauguration ceremony will be decidedly more mainstream. It includes performances by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, the U.S. Marine Band and mezzo-sopranos Denyce Graves and Susan Graham.
There also will be a performance of “Let the Eagles Soar,” a song written by Attorney General John Ashcroft.
A staff member of the Presidential Inauguration Committee told WND he himself was surprised about the Kid Rock appearance and said someone would provide the newssite with an official statement. No one from the committee returned the call by press time. The committee is reachable via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.