According to Fox News, a columnist for the Free Press wrote that Rock represented a “middle finger to Detroiters” when he was chosen to perform the opening concert, signaling that people of color would not be welcome in the arena.
“This is a musician who got rich off crass cultural appropriation of black music, who used to wrap his brand in the Confederate flag — a symbol inextricably linked to racism, no matter what its defenders say,” the columnist wrote.
Rock, who has recently decided to try his hand at politics, kept the newspaper out of the building that night and his publicist Kirt Webster was in agreement every step of the way.
“You guys wrote a f—– up story and allowed it to be published,” Webster said. “You want a quote, there it is.”
Rock went to social media to voice his displeasure with the critics who attacked him.
“I am however very disappointed that none of the people, businesses or charities I have so diligently supported in Detroit have had anything to say about all these unfounded attacks from these handful of jack—es and the Detroit Free Press,” Rock said.
“So for the unforeseen future I will focus my philanthropy efforts on other organizations besides the ones I have supported in the past.”