Whether you love or hate Taylor Swift, I think everyone can agree that Kid Rock has always been irrelevant.
However, that (unfortunately) hasn't stoppped the 'musician' and his grotesque blend of country, rock and hip-hop infiltrating charts around the world over the last twenty years.
It also hasn't stopped him blurting out random opinions on Twitter, although his most recent outburst has generated quite a stir.
A few days ago, he took it upon himself to offer up his summation of Taylor Swift, apparently inspired by her Vogue interview.
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.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
His tweet has been denounced by many, including comedian Patton Oswalt - whose response has clocked up more 'likes' than the original:
Amen, Bob. She should be a real American like you, growing up on a six acre estate complete with tennis court and horse paddock, and then bravely adopting a faux “redneck shitkicker” cosplay persona. God bless you, buddy ruff. https://t.co/OLlL430TnN
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 9, 2019
Swift herself has kept a dignified silence, however - although she did subtly address the controversy during the acceptance speech of her 'Icon' award at the Teen Choice Awards last night.
Urging fans to 'stand up for yourself', she also called for support for the US women's soccer team, after player Alex Morgan had presented her with the award. "Please, please, please support her and her teammates because this isn't over yet," she said of their campaign for equal pay. "It's not resolved."
She then added: “I think one thing I wish I would have known when I was a teen are mistakes are inevitable. Sometimes you think if you try hard enough to make every decision perfectly, you think you can possibly ace life and never make mistakes. But it’s normal to make mistakes.
"If you’re out there and you’re being really hard on yourself right now for something that’s happened, or messing up or feeling embarrassed, it’s normal. That’s what going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We’re all going to have a few scratches on us… Please be kind to yourselves and stand up for yourself, please.”
See her full speech below:
— Teen Choice Awards (@TeenChoiceFOX) August 12, 2019