Kid Rock was supposed to be IN the parade, not watching it like most of Nashville. But he was booted from Grand Marshall duties after he called The View's Joy Behar a "b****" on Fox and Friends Friday morning.
No one could argue with his replacement, James Shaw Jr, the hero of the Antioch Waffle House shooting this year. He's beloved in Nashville and is a true inspiration.
But there were plenty of parade goers that were disappointed Kid Rock was replaced. For full context of what he said, here's a longer clip that includes the idea he was trying to get across before he let loose on Behar.
“We can disagree and still be cordial with one another and just talk about things without going for each others throats and protesting everything. God forbid you say something a little bit wrong you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic… people need to calm down, a get a little less politically correct, and, I would say love everybody. Except I’d say screw that Joy Behar b-tch, everybody but that,” he said, but quickly pointed out that he was just joking and went on to say American need to be able “to still go have a beer with somebody,” no matter how much they disagree on the issues.
Joy Behar responded to Kid's original from Fox and Friends shade on The View.
Initially, there could have been some conflict and fallout over Rock's dismissal. The sponsor of the parade was ticked. From our news partners at FOX 17:
Tootsie's also had a very different message on Saturday.
On Friday, owners were threatening to sue the city and parade organizers if Kid Rock were replaced, and wanted their $250,000 back if he were.
This was the response Saturday to any questions asked about the controversy:
“We want to make it about the parade, the city of Nashville, Christmas, the children, and the hospital, and we're in full support of all of them. That's what today is all about,” said attorney Bryan Lewis.