He likes big butt’s and he cannot lie. It’s not just Sir Mix-a-Lot that has a soft spot for the big rump. Kid Rock has a big “butt” thang of his own. The singer just received approval for a new 20-foot-tall neon sign for the singer’s Nashville-based bar that will have a giant guitar with the base of the instrument shaped like a woman’s behind.
According to the Tennessean online, the Metro Council has approved the sign with an overwhelming vote of 27-3 with three members of the council abstaining, but even though the neon signage was approved, Rock’s choice of signage was not met with total approval.
One of the Councilwoman, Kathleen Murphy, voted against the approval, and explained to the paper: “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.”
Mike Jameson, who is the Metro Council attorney, advised the council that First Amendment protections extend to sign regulations by local governments. He explained: “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,” Jameson said. “Prohibitions on puritan interests or vulgarity has been deemed to be a legitimate government interest but it is fraught with peril in defining what is obscene.”
Rock has been in and out of the news in Nashville for both positive and negative actions in recently. He was removed as the Grand Marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade following profane comments he made about The Talk host Joy Behar on live television. But also made the headlines in a positive way for paying off the layaway accounts of customers at a Nashville Walmart before the holidays.