Pop Culture 2018: Kid Rock Fired as Grand Marshal of Nashville Christmas Parade

Kid Rock was fired from his role as grand marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade Friday night, after a morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” in which he called Joy Behar a “b—h.”

But associates are insisting he still plans to lead the parade, booted or not.

Bryan Lewis, the attorney for Steve Smith, Kid Rock’s business partner and “best friend,” said Friday night that the controversial performer was planning on showing up and fulfilling his duty as grand marshal Saturday morning. That’s even though parade organizers have already invited James Shaw Jr., aka “the Waffle House hero,” to be grand marshal in his stead.

Kid Rock “will show up and is going to try to participate as grand marshal tomorrow,” declared Lewis. But if a local hero, Shaw, has officially been assigned that role in his stead, who should Nashville expect to actually head up the parade?

The singer said on Fox, “God forbid you say something a little bit wrong, you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and another. People need to calm down get a little less politically correct… I would say, ‘love everybody,’ except I’d say, ‘screw that Joy Behar b—h’.’”

The firestorm led Mayor David Briley’s office to issue a statement: “If Kid Rock is still the grand marshal tomorrow, the mayor is inclined not to participate.” Councilman Freddie O’Connell also vowed to skip the parade if Kid Rock stayed.

An announcement that he was out came late in the day Friday. “Parade organizers feel that the grand marshal should personify the spirit of the Nashville community and have invited James Shaw, Jr., who became a community hero after stopping a shooting at a local Waffle House earlier this year, to be honored,” organizers said.

Smith is looking at filing a lawsuit, claiming, “We’re doing our due diligence and background to pursue a potential legal action against Tennessee Holiday Productions and other parties involved in the decision today to exclude Kid Rock.”

 

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