Justin Timberlake at the White House April 9. Photo: Reuters
Actor Harrison Ford at the White House April 2. Photo: Reuters
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus jokes with Vice President Joe Biden on April 12. Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson
Kid Rock has some tough words for the Republican Party.
Rock, who is interviewed by the Rolling Stone, is prepping for his summer tour and is setting ticket prices at $20 for every seat at every concert. But Republican lawmakers in certain states have passed laws that add ticket fees to the price of tickets and don’t allow paperless tickets. This upsets Rock.
“That’s one of the times I’m f—king embarrassed to be a Republican,” he seethes. “It’s f—king Republican lawmakers passing those laws, you dumbasses. They already did it in New York and they’re trying to do it in Michigan. I’ve even called some of those guys to try and stop it.” He’s also livid with Ticketmaster. “They’re taking a fucking five-dollar service charge,” he says. “It’s 25 percent of the fucking ticket! That’s fucked up, but I’ve beaten them up as much as I can. Then Walmart stepped in and agreed to charge just $20, and it includes parking.”
Rock publicly supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and appeared at fundraisers with the Republican candidate, but he said he respects other people’s political opinions.
“People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion, especially in my business,” Rock said. “I’m like the fucking lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don’t like the hardcore views on either side and I’m not in bed with anybody. I’d probably be more Libertarian, but I’m a firm believer you have to pick a side. I can’t be playing the middle. If you think differently, that’s fine. I’d love to grab a beer and hear why you think that way.”
Rock said he is pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion rights, but declined to endorse any candidate for the 2016 election.
Lady Gaga was allegedly offered $1 million to perform at the Republican National Convention last summer, according to a lawsuit filed by the Republican fundraising and advocacy group, American Action Network.
The Washington Examiner reports the AAN is suing the entertainment vendor of the convention.
Gaga wasn’t the only superstar to turn down the seven figure offer. Country star Dolly Parton and rapper Pitbull also declined to perform.
Gaga fundraised for President Obama and later performed with Tony Bennett at a White House staff inauguration ball in January.
The convention eventually hired Kid Rock and Journey to play during the festivities.
The RNC issued the following statement:
“A story in yesterday’s Washington Examiner unfortunately left many people with the impression that the RNC had asked Lady Gaga and other artists to play at the Republican National Convention. To be clear, the RNC neither asked, offered, thought of or ever considered the idea of Lady Gaga performing at our convention. And clearly, we didn’t offer a million dollars.”
AAN also issued a statement that is posted on the RNC’s website:
“In planning for our fundraiser in Tampa, e-mails we’re exchanged between AAN fundraising staff and outside vendors exploring various performance options. AAN is an independent group and is no way affiliated with or connected to the RNC nor was the RNC ever privy to these internal discussions. We considered some acts and didn’t seriously consider others, but we were ultimately happy with a great Kid Rock concert. Our events were independent from the official convention and the RNC.”
Actress Kate Mara, who plays dogged reporter Zoe Barnes in the political drama ‘House of Cards’, attended a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker on April 1.
Booker is allegedly contemplating a run for New Jersey’s Senate seat. Current Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) recently announced his retirement.
Politico reports that the reception took place in Washington D.C. and was for a potential Senate run. Tickets ranged from $40 to $100 and 300 people were expected to attend, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Actress Kate Mara with Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Credit: Kate Mara @_KateMara
Later this month, Hollywood mega-donors including Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bruce Willis are planning to host a fundraiser for Booker at producer Jerry Weintraub‘s house in Beverly Hills.