Kid Rock causes controversy with arse-shaped bar sign in Nashville

The sign was approved by Nashville City Council

Kid Rock has caused controversy after winning permission to install a new, 20-foot-tall neon sign for his Nashville bar. The sign is shaped like a giant guitar with the base shaped like a bottom.

According to The Tennessean, the Metro Council gave permission for the sign to go ahead with a vote of 27-3.

One council member, Kathleen Murphy, explained why she voted against the approval to The Tennessean. She said: “We’ve worked very hard as a city to become somewhere that is a tourist destination, an ‘It City’, somewhere that is family friendly.”

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She continued: “This one I feel crosses the line between good taste, family-friendliness and I think what we would like Nashville to portray to people who come to visit us. If we allow this, what is going to come next? I think we can all use our imaginations there.”

By a 27-3 vote, the Metro Council approved the 20-foot neon sign outside Kid Rock 's Lower Broadway bar.

Posted by Tennessean on Friday, January 4, 2019

A lawyer for the council, Mike Jameson, advised those voting that First Amendment protections extended to regulations on signs by local governments. He said: “If a local government decides to issue regulations that would constrain the contents of a sign, it has to have a specific governmental interest that it is protecting.”

He added: “Prohibitions on puritan interest or vulgarity has been deemed to be a legitimate government interest but it is fraught with peril in defining what is obscene.”

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Last year, Kid Rock was forced to change the name of his tour after legal action from a circus company.

Feld Entertainment, owners of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, filed a lawsuit in December after Rock named his US stint The Greatest Show On Earth Tour, a trademarked tagline owned by Feld.

Rock changed the tour name to The American Rock N Roll Tour. His tour had previously been named after the opening track on his latest album, ‘Sweet Southern Sugar’.

In a court declaration, Kid Rock said: “While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the First Amendment to name my tour after my song, I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour — my music.”

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