Kid Rock’s Getting Dragged Hard Because Of His New Nashville Restaurant’s Neon Sign, Which Looks Like A Guitar With A Woman’s Derriere Attached To It
I know this will be difficult to believe, but noted target of clown lawsuits and representer of badasses everywhere, Kid Rock, is embroiled in controversy. I know, I know. Hear me out.
The Tennessean periodical notes that Mr. Rock has obtained permission from council, by a vote of 27-3, for the erection of a neon sign on his new Nashville chomp ‘n gulp establishment, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse. The pitchforks and torches are coming out because the sign is shaped like a giant guitar, with the base shaped like a lady’s bum. At least, I’m pretty sure it’s a lady’s. The word “ass” is missing from the sign, and cleverly, in its place, we see an actual ass.
Council member Kathleen Murphy was one of the dissenting voters. “We’ve worked very hard as a city to become somewhere that is a tourist destination, an ‘It City’, somewhere that is family friendly. This one I feel crosses the line between good taste, family-friendliness and I think what we would like Nashville to portray to people who come to visit us. If we allow this, what is going to come next? I think we can all use our imaginations there.”
Council legal representative Mike Jameson told those voting that First Amendment protections include regulations imposed on signs by local governments: “If a local government decides to issue regulations that would constrain the contents of a sign, it has to have a specific governmental interest that it is protecting. Prohibitions on puritan interest or vulgarity has been deemed to be a legitimate government interest but it is fraught with peril in defining what is obscene.”
Here it is. Obscene or not?