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Celebrity Slam - Kid Rock in a hard place

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One of the things we love most about working in this space every week is that you never really know what’s going to happen. The sorts of celebrities we tend to deal with are mercurial by their very nature, meaning that we can never be certain of just how things are going to play out. There are plenty of unexpected romantic pairings and LOADS of unexpected beef.

We’ll be dealing with the latter this week, though if you spent any amount of time online this weekend, you likely already know where we’re going with this – we’ve got beef between Kid Rock and Taylor Swift.

You read that right.

It all started when everyone’s favorite burnout southern rap-rocker/potential U.S. Senate candidate went on Twitter and took an absolutely-out-of-nowhere shot at Taylor Swift, tweeting:

“Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”

(Oh, and he actually signed his tweet, which is both vaguely surreal and wildly funny.)

This came zooming out of the ether with zero context, and as you might imagine, it was not particularly well-received. It wasn’t long before the denizens of the internet – some famous, many not – took to social media to condemn swiftly, fiercely and (at times) hilariously.

The most common clapback involved people pointing out that despite Kid Rock’s best efforts to create his Detroit trailer park, man of the people image, the truth is that he grew up on a large estate with a millionaire father, riding horses and picking apples.

Yeah – it’s rarely a good look when your silver spoon is showing.

There was a minor related kerfuffle when an image purporting to be a like of the tweet from Kasey Musgraves made the rounds, but that was quickly determined to be altered.

Meanwhile, it seems as though Swift was content to basically ignore the whole mess, even going so far as to throw a pretty bonkers party to celebrate her 10 VMA nominations on Sunday. While she may have to deal with it in some capacity at some point, the current vibe is that she simply could not care less about what Kid Rock thinks.

And really, isn’t that an attitude we should all adopt?

It’s funny that Kid Rock mentions the oldest move in the book in his tweet regarding Swift’s path, because his own effort – to push himself back into the conversation by taking an unprovoked swing at someone much MUCH more popular – has been in the book for an awfully long time as well.

There’s a transparent thirst to the whole debacle; it is palpable just how much he desperately wants to be directly engaged on this one. It’s such a cynical, calculated move – one designed to piggyback on Swift’s fame and elevate his own profile.

And honestly? It kind of worked.

Look, is Kid Rock getting much in the way of positive attention? Not at all, but that’s hardly the point – for a garbage pile like him, any attention is good attention. And if he has to be blatantly and offensively misogynistic about it, well – so be it. His fade from the spotlight isn’t likely to be reversed by any creative actions on his own part – there just aren’t that many people out there clamoring for new Kid Rock albums – and so he does what he must. You’d almost admire it if it wasn’t so gross.

As for Swift – good work. You absolutely take the high road with something like this. Oh, and definitely refuse to engage – in the end, that’s what trolls really want. To not give it to him is the best payback – particularly when you know that half the internet will leap to your defense more vehemently than you yourself could ever comfortably pull off. Let the Chrissy Tiegens of the world get your back – they LIVE for this stuff. And you don’t have to get your hands dirty. It’s a win-win.

Obviously, no one is that surprised that Kid Rock is a jerk – that’s pretty much his brand at this point. But to go after T-Swift? Dangerous game, man.

If you swing at the queen, you best not miss … and you missed.

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