updated 08/26/2008 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/26/2008 AT 3:10 PM ET
Not one to mince words, Kid Rock nevertheless says don’t ask him to sound off on affairs of state.
“I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics,” the rap-rock musician, 37, tells CMT Insider.
“Because at the end of the day,” he goes on to say, “I’m good at writing songs and singing. What I’m not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for … I think would be very irresponsible on my part.”
Of the celebs who haven’t taken the same approach, Rock says, “I think celebrity endorsements hurt politicians. As soon as somebody comes out for a politician, especially in Hollywood, when they all go, ‘I’m voting for this guy!’ – I go, ‘That’s not who I’m voting for!’ ”
Case in point, he suggests, “As soon as Oprah Winfrey pops up and goes ‘Ha-la-la-la-la,’ I’m like, ‘I love Barack Obama. I hate Oprah Winfrey.’ ”
He adds, “I don’t hate her. I just don’t believe in her, so I don’t want any part of any of that.”