Since he first launched his campaign, President Trump has had a difficult time winning over many celebrities. However, he has managed to attract a few with his racist and xenophobic policies, including musicians like Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.
Trump might appreciate the support of the celebrities, especially as his general popularity continues to plummet, but the majority of the country seems to have a different opinion.
On Wednesday night, both Kid Rock and Eminem both showed up at the new Little Caesars Arena for the Detroit Pistons’ first game of the season. Although they’re both Michigan natives, they received very different reactions from the crowd.
The Detroit Free Press noted on Wednesday that Eminem, who had a courtside seat at the game, addressed the audience after the players were introduced and tried to hype up the crowd:
‘Detroit, welcome them back for the first time in over 40 years to our city, to my city, to your city! Make some noise for the Detroit Pistons. Let’s go!’
A few moments later, when the camera panned to Kid Rock, who was also sitting courtside, the singer was met with loud boos from the crowd.
Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy said later that he appreciated Eminem’s message to everyone who attended the game:
‘I thought just having Eminem up there was great as a Detroit guy. I thought it was great of [Pistons owner Tom Gores] — and if [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver was involved — to think about that. I think without making any statement, they were able to make a statement by involving Eminem in it.’
While Kid Rock is an avid Trump supporter, Eminem has taken a position on the opposite end of the spectrum. He’s been particularly hard on the president since he referred to any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem as a “son of a b*tch.”
Last week, during the BET awards, Eminem even performed a four-minute freestyle rap called “The Storm,” in which he attacked Trump for criticizing NFL players and neglecting other important political issues.
Like the crowd at Wednesday’s game, the majority of people on social media also appear to be on Eminem’s side. Here are some of the best responses to the news about the differences between his and Kid Rock’s receptions:
Watch Eminem’s welcome message to the crowd in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.