Kid Rock Removed As Grand Marshall Of Nashville Parade
Kid Rock was removed as Grand Marshal of Nashville’s 2018 Christmas Parade, which took place on Saturday (December 1st), following backlash over comments he made during a television appearance on Friday morning (November 30th). Replacing him as Grand Marshall was James Shaw Jr., who thwarted a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville in April. Rock was dismissed after his Friday appearance on Fox & Friends, which was shooting on location in downtown Nashville at Kid Rock’s newly opened Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse. After telling host Steve Doocy that people needed to come together and have calm civil discourse, he added, "I would say, love everybody. . . except screw that Joy Behar bitch." His remark forced a flustered Doocy to repeatedly apologize for the singer’s language. Rock remarked, "I apologize for the language, not the sentiment." Behar was quick to fire back on Friday's episode of The View, saying, "This bitch and these bitches will be happy to have you on the show and have a beer," she said. Later in the day, Kid Rock issued his own statement on Facebook, noting that Behar had criticized him along with Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin for visiting Donald Trump at the White House in 2017. He wrote, "Mess with the bull, you get the horns. End of story. I apologized for cursing on live TV, I will not for my sentiment nor do I expect an apology from her or anyone else who has choice words for me or doesn’t like me." Rock was replaced as Grand Marshall of the Nashville parade when both city councilman Freddie O’Connell and mayor David Briley suggested that they would not participate if Rock was involved. O'Connell posted that the choice of Rock as Grand Marshal "evokes neither the spirit of Christmas nor the inclusivity I think represents the best of Nashville." Parade organizers eventually issued a statement that Rock would be replaced as Grand Marshal by Shaw.