Michigan artist Kid Rock, best known for his own blend of Hip Hop and Rock, has received strong criticism after a photo of himself standing next to what appears to be a dead mountain lion surfaced on the Internet.
The photo, posted to fellow Michigan rocker Ted Nugent’s Facebook account on January 3, sees Kid Rock holding the deceased animal.
Ted Nugent, a well-known member of the National Rifle Association, attached the following comment to the picture:
“And what a grand conservation New Year it is! HAIL my MotorCity boy KidRock for saving all those muledeer elk & livestock by whacking this magnificent mountain lion. I can hear the braindead squawkers already with their obscene denial that killing lions is wrong. Its legal its necessary its good its beneficial its a damn riot! And these lovely pigwhackers did same on the TX swine while young Rachael Byrd arrowed this fine Oryx with the Bruce Cull tribe! Praise the mighty life giving renewable protein/sport/trophy/FUN! 2015 be good good year so far!”
After the photo was published, a string of comments from the Facebook community surged in.
“Lost all respect for Kid Rock. No excuse killing such a beautiful animal for sport! I will never go to any of your concerts or listen to anything you sing ever again. Shame on you, deer is one thing but a beautiful leaped? You don’t rock in my Detroit work ever again,” one woman said.
“Smiling next to a beautiful creature you kill. No value for life at all. You are ruining our ecosystem with your ego. Going to take this animals into exinction one day. Shameful. Just a low life human. Sad life you and your family live. We share this place with them and coexist among them. Learn to respect their habitats,” one woman posted in the comments section.
“Im not for or against, just keep this in mind: in the last century alone, HUMAN BEINGS HAVE KILLED OFF 75% OF EARTH’S BIODIVERSITY,” one man said.
The photo of Kid Rock can be seen below.
In an article published earlier this year, Kid Rock derided the blend of Hip Hop and Rock.
“Rap-Rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows,” Kid Rock said. “But it turned into a lot of bullshit and it turned out to be pretty gay…If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go fuck themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
Kid Rock’s upcoming tenth album First Kiss, is scheduled to be released in February.