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- Posted on Feb 15th 2012 1:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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"Let me first start off by cordially inviting you to go f--- yourself," Rock opened in his letter to Susan Tompor, the author of a Feb. 6 article claiming Kid Rock's clothing line was not actually made in Detroit ("So why in the world are Kid Rock's high-end 'Made in Detroit' T-shirts made in the Dominican Republic? Or some other country?").
Tompor wrote, stating that some of the t-shirts didn't even indicate where they were produced or were missing labels entirely.
"I have always said that I do care what people in my hometown think of me, and the hatchet job you have just written about the Made in Detroit company in the Detroit Free Press has made me so upset that I am left with no choice but to defend myself and my company," wrote Rock.
In the letter, Rock added that the company -- which he purchased out of bankruptcy after the company hit bottom in 2005 -- "is to re-instill a sense of Detroit pride, give back to the community, try to create jobs in our home state and maybe one day build our own facility somewhere close to the riverfront in Detroit."
While Rock acknowledged that not every product is made in the U.S., the musician said "the majority of our products are in fact MADE IN AMERICA."
"You didn't care about printing the fact that 98 percent of all clothing sold in America is not made in America," he continued. "The majority of the clothes that are made in America still import the cottons and other parts needed to make these items from outside the country.
"In addition, we have NEVER laid claim to our items actually being made in Detroit, it's been on our website since we took the company out of bankruptcy what we are about," Rock added, including a photo of the company statement.
Stating how the company has "created jobs for people in and around Detroit," Rock said, as the owner of the company "I've never taken a dime of salary or profit or even expensed a meal."
Before including a sizable list of what Made in Detroit has done for charities and organizations which "we are extremely proud of" the musician chastised the Detroit Free Press. "I'll finish by saying that as a result of your article and the lack of respect from not only you but from your editors, The Detroit Free press is on my s--- list and my subscription has been canceled."
"And yes, I will go so far as to ask other like minded folks to do the same if they are tired of garbage, irresponsible reporting like yours. If there's one thing I have learned from growing up in and around Detroit it's 'Don't take any s--- from no one and be proud of where you come from!' I am. F-K YOU."
In related news, Rock announced Feb. 14 that his clothing line and Detroit rock station 101 WRIF have created a co-branded t-shirt, with proceeds going to charity. "We stand by Made in Detroit and Kid Rock; and we recognize what both have done for the City of Detroit," the station's program director Mark Pennington said. "Kid Rock has always been loyal to Detroit and we will support him and his local companies."
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