AceShowbiz - Kid Rock has lashed out at the people in his native Michigan after choosing not to renew the licensing agreement for his Detroit restaurant.
Made in Detroit opened at the Little Caesars Arena in 2017, but the Michigan native's contract with bosses of the sports venue will expire in April 2020, when the comfort food eatery's doors will close for good.
Chris Granger, group president of sports and entertainment for owners Ilitch Holdings, announced the news on Wednesday, December 4, claiming Rock "voluntarily decided" not to renew the agreement.
However, in the statement, Granger went on to declare the company's venues are "open, inviting, inclusive and respectful to all" - an apparent reference to the musician's recent drunken, obscenity-laced outburst against media mogul Oprah Winfrey, which occurred last month at his Honky Tonk bar in his adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee.
Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, has since dismissed allegations suggesting he is racist, but civil rights activists at the Michigan National Action Network (NAN) are refusing to let him off the hook so easily, and are planning to stage a press conference outside Made in Detroit on Wednesday about the "reprehensible" tirade.
Shortly after the news of the restaurant's closure hit headlines, the rocker took to social media to vent about the way Detroit locals have reportedly turned on him, despite his years of philanthropy.
"I appreciate all who have patronized our place and still have much love for the City of Detroit and the people / organizations that I have helped there for years, black, white, whatever, but learned long ago, go where you're celebrated, not tolerated," he wrote.
"I guess the millions of dollars I pumped into that town was not enough. I will let the NAN network and others go ahead and take the wheel now. Good luck."
Addressing the race accusations, Rock continued, "I may be guilty of being a loud mouth jerk at times, but trying to label me racist is a joke, and actually only does a disservice to the black community, which I have supported my entire life, by trying to alienate myself and many others."
He then took a swipe at NAN founder Reverend Al Sharpton, branding him a "tax evading, race baiting clown," before voicing his support for controversial U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections, and listing the "10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars" he's donated to help local charity projects over the years.