Kid Rock tells boycotters protesting his use of Confederate flag to ‘kiss my ass’

The controversial emblem has been the focus of much debate following the Charleston Church shootings

Rap-rocker Kid Rock has hit out at critics of his ongoing use of the Confederate flag.

The Detroit native has been under fire, with a protest taking place outside the city museum’s Kid Rock exhibition. Members of the National Action Network have urged the musician to cease using the flag, which he has adopted as a backdrop at live shows in the past.

The flag was used by the Confederate States of America during the US Civil War and has long been seen as a patriotic sign for the south of the country, but it also has racist connotations due to the Confederate States’ history of slavery.

The long-running debate over the Confederate flag came to the fore recently when it appeared in many photos uploaded online by Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a racially-motivated attack during June.

Protestors expressed their belief to Fox News that the flag “represents genocide to most of Detroit”. Kid Rock issued a statement to the news channel in response, saying: “Please tell the people protesting to kiss my ass,” which the hosts altered to “kiss my… ask me some questions”.

Watch the Fox News segment below.

Kid Rock caused controversy earlier this year by apparently killing a mountain lion.

The musician – real name Robert James Ritchie – allegedly killed the animal while hunting with rocker and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent.

Nugent then posted a picture of Ritchie with the kill on his Facebook page alongside the caption: “I can hear the braindead squawkers already with their obscene denial that killing lions is wrong. It’s legal, it’s necessary, it’s good, it’s beneficial, it’s a damn riot!”

The picture led to a host of commenters laying into Ritchie for the ‘trophy kill’.