Most people know Ted Nugent as an NRA board member and right-wing political activist whose vehement criticisms of President Obama have crossed the line from extremism to flat-out racism, but some people still remember him as the artist behind classic rock staples like “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever.” Members of the Coeur d'Alene tribe who booked him to perform at their casino in Worley, Idaho apparently fell into the latter category, as Nugent was dumped from their concert schedule on Monday due to what they called his “racist and hate-filled remarks.”
According to the Associated Press, the tribe claims to have booked the proudly gun-loving, liberal-hating rocker without realizing he champions “racist attitudes and views.” Which, again, is surprising, since that’s pretty much the only thing Nugent is known for these days.
How did he become known for racist extremism, you might ask (assuming you just woke up from a decades-long coma)? Well, he once referred to Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” which elicited a rare apology from Nugent, albeit one of the sorry-not-sorry variety. He also called Trayvon Martin a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe,” once referred to rap artists on MTV as “big uneducated greasy black mongrels,” and wrote that the poor have “no one to blame but themselves,” because “stupid is as stupid does.” Those last comments were made less than a week ago.
So, yeah, maybe someone with those attitudes isn’t a great fit for a show at a casino that resides on lands that were recently defaced with “white power” graffiti. Nugent’s ironically titled new album SHUTUP&JAM! is out now.