In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the singer detailed why he’s “flabbergasted” by the intense Beyoncé fandom. “Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a fucking ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth,” he said. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’?”
His criticism quickly turned to not understanding the physical attraction to the singer. “People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice fucking ass.’ I’m like ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big tits.’ Doesn’t really fucking do much for me.”
Fans of the “Drunk in Love” singer, known as the ‘Beyhive,’ have taken to social media to vent their frustrations with Rock and anger towards his criticisms. All of his recent Instagram pictures have been flooded with thousands of comments from super-fans with icons and usernames referencing Beyoncé.
While some of the comments are just a marker of presence — users simply posting the bee emoji or “#Beyhive” — others have turned personal and violent. “I HOPE KID ROCK MOM GETS GANG RAPED AND CATCHES AIDS AND DIES,” reads one such note on a picture of Rock at the Today show.
“You ain’t shit even to this day,” says another. “Who are you? And why are you 70 [and] still being called a kid?”
Rock recently released his 10th studio album, First Kiss. As noted in the profile, Rock received a controversial NAACP award in 2011. The Detroit chapter honored him with the Great Expectations award while many members protested the singer for his heavy use of Confederate flag imagery.