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Kid Rock Slams New York Times With Tone-Deaf Insult, Comments On Rumored Senate Run

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

Anyone who has endured an even momentary glance at the Senate proceedings broadcast on C-Span can attest to their profoundly soporific effect, but for those hoping to spice up the legislative branch with monster trucks and wet T-shirt contests — bad news! Recording artist Kid Rock has decided not to run for Senate. 

In an interview with Howard Stern, Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, mocked those who took the publicity stunt for his new album seriously. Later, Ritchie took aim at The New York Times after Stern hailed the paper and other journalistic institutions as cornerstones of our society. “It’s a little bit gay,” Ritchie said, “they have a narrative of a left-wing agenda.”

Ritchie has never been shy about his use of the term "gay" as a pejorative. In a 2015 interview with The Guardian he said "If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go f--- themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”