Protests held as Kid Rock fans enjoy opening concert at Little C - WNEM TV 5

Protests held as Kid Rock fans enjoy opening concert at Little Caesar's

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Kid Rock took the stage Tuesday night to help open Little Caesar’s Arena with a series of concerts. While some are praising the arena for its Michigan-centric opening, others are protesting the performer.

“I'm fired up! I bought these tickets in January I've been over the moon for the last six to seven months for this,” Kevin McCain said.

It wasn't fun and games for everyone, though.

As people pushed through the doors for the show, just a few feet away protesters crowded the streets with signs and chants, voicing their disapproval of Kid Rock.

“We don't want to make it just a black and white issue, because this is an American issue,” Lawrence Rider said.

The protest was organized by the National Action Network. They were calling for all five of Kid Rock’s shows at the arena to be cancelled because of his use of the Confederate flag during his performances and his criticism of former NFL player Colin Capernick after he refused to stand during the National Anthem last year.

However, Kid Rock's stance doesn't bother everyone.

“I'm here because Kid Rock has the first amendment also. The same as the protesters. They have every right to be here. I’m not here to shut them down, but they're here to shut Kid Rock down,” a man who goes by the name “Pocket” said.

Protester Debra King disagrees.

She said if they don't stand up for what they believe in, they're afraid of what the outcome could be.

“Whether it's from slavery, or lynching or from the nine people in South Carolina - if you carry that flag eventually it ends up in violence,” King said. 

On Monday, Kid Rock released an obscenity-laden response to the protest on his Facebook page, saying the criticism about his concerts is politically motivated.

"None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office," the post said. "I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city. 

Kid Rock has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. But he did not make any political announcements at Tuesday's concert.>>Click here for more on that<<

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