Kid Rock has announced that his Made In Detroit restaurant, located inside the Motor City's Little Caesar's Arena, will close its doors. The news comes a week after the singer made a series of controversial statements about Oprah Winfrey at his Nashville steakhouse. The licensing agreement for the Detroit eatery was up for renewal in April.
In a statement, the arena's parent company, Ilitch Holdings, said that Rock "voluntarily decided not to renew" his lease. Rock issued a statement of his own, saying, "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. I guess the millions of dollars I pumped into that town was not enough."
Rock said at a press conference a while back that he was proud to be an ambassador for Detroit: ["Obviously, growing up in and around here, it's just I really want to carry that flag and do everything I can, because there's so much style in this city, you know, there's more style in this city than anywhere I've been in the world, and just hard-working people and so much great history here. And even though there's been, you know, a lot of things that are I guess looked upon as negatives, I just kind of want to go out and I guess kind of rally people, especially here in our hometown."] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . in our hometown.)
In his new statement, he also referenced the activist group National Action Network, which planned to hold a press conference and protest in front of the restaurant on Wednesday (December 4th), saying, "I will let the NAN and others go ahead and take the wheel now. Good luck."
Rock added, "I may be guilty of being a loud mouth jerk at times, but trying to label me racist is a joke, and actually only does a disservice to the black community, which I have supported my entire life, by trying to alienate myself and many others." Rock went on to call NAN founder Al Sharpton a "tax evading, race baiting clown" before closing his statement with "Trump 2020!!"
A video surfaced last week of a seemingly inebriated Kid Rock lashing out at Winfrey on stage in his Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville. In the clip, the 48-year-old musician could be heard saying into a microphone, "F**k Oprah. Oprah Winfrey is, like, 'Hey, I just want women to believe in this s**t.' F**k her. She can suck d**k sideways." The rocker also took aim at "The View" co-host Joy Behar before he was escorted offstage by the venue's security.
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