The NHL on Tuesday announced that Kid Rock will headline its All-Star Game festivities in Tampa Bay, and some hockey fans have a problem with that. Turns out, a Confederate Flag-waving dude who one said he likes "skinny white chicks with big tits" isn't the the least controversial choice to belt out a few tunes at halftime.
The NHL can't be surprised by this.
Kid Rock spent much of the past year courting political controversy by teasing a run for the U.S. Senate. An unabashed supporter of President Trump, he's criticized anti-racist activism and isn't exactly the biggest feminist out there. And given the NHL's stated goal of growing its audience to pull in more women and more young people, booking him makes even less sense.
An artist doesn't get as big as Kid Rock without having some fans, though. One of his is noted NHL legend Jeremy Roenick. In a press conference announcing Kid Rock's halftime gig, Roenick heaped a ridiculous amount of praise on him.
“When I talk to people about you,” Roenick said, “I say, Kid Rock is the most talented musician, I think ever, on the planet, because you can put any instrument in your hand or on your mouth and you can play anything and rock a house and sing any kind of genre.”
There probably aren't many people who'd agree that Kid Rock is the most talented musician ever "on the planet," but there are plenty who are happy to see him playing the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa.