Keep Kid Rock Away From the All Star Game

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Kid Rock is scheduled to perform at this year's NHL All Star Game. Not only would this performance potentially scar for life those who have ears and are capable of hearing, it also runs counter to the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative, a program that partners with You Can Play, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports. Kid Rock has made clear his stance on the LGBTQ community, stating, "...things shouldn’t be this complicated. And, no, you don’t get to choose, because whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use."

Kid Rock has also stated, "as an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it.” 

Hockey is a sport that has been historically dominated by masculinity, from its inception to its present form. There has been positive change in recent years, with the NHL and many other affiliated and non affiliated leagues taking steps in the right direction to include groups who were historically pushed aside or rejected. Kid Rock performing at the All Star Game would reduce future NHL efforts to include and support LGBTQ players of all ages to heartless pandering.

Kid Rock's divisive politics are unfourtunately not the only problem with this decision. Can anyone remember the last hit song he had? I can. It was a note for note mashup of Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London. Wow! The NHL sure knows what its viewer base loves listening to. They are ever so in touch with their audience. Lets be honest. Kid Rock hasn't been relevant since Gary Bettman had hair on the top of his head.

After Snoop Doggs universally loved performance at last year's ASG, this announcement has been a massive let down, and left many fans, myself included, asking how the League could have gotten this decision so wrong. 

Mr. Bettman, Gary, for the love of McJesus, please have someone else perform.

 

Sincerely,

Hockey fans everywhere

 



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