It’s been a great week for fans of real music; on the heels of having the Coeur d’Alene Tribe cancel his August 4 show at their casino in Worley, Idaho, another Native American tribe, the Puyallup, announced on Wednesday that they were canceling two scheduled concerts for the 70’s-rocker Ted Nugent.
It’s not all bad. Nugent is known for what, one song that’s best described as “okay?” They aren’t missing anything.
Seattle’s Channel 5 reports that the Emerald Queen Casino has cancelled Nugent’s August 2 and 3 shows, citing his history of “racist remarks.”
The Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe said:
“The First Amendment gives peujhople the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here. We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations.”
LaPointe adds that “I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say. we don’t need it here.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Nugent reacts; he reacted to the cancellation of his Worley show by calling the Coeur d’Alene Tribe “unclean vermin,” which was knuckle-dragging levels of classy, but a good way to let the world know you’re still a racist bigot:
“By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people. I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is Job One for every American. I am simply doing my job.”
You’re in good company, Nugent. The White Americans who carried out the genocide of the native tribes from the 1600’s onward didn’t think they qualified as people, either.
Nugent has expressed other intellectually challenged opinions in the past; he suggested that President Barack Obama was a “subhuman mongrel” — I believe the term Nugent wants is “Untermensch,” but that’d imply a command over German he doesn’t even have with English. Nugent also declared that it’d be best if the South had won the Civil War. Apparently, Nugent supports slavery.
“(R)acism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late 60s,” Nugent told Jones. “Nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American’s dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers.”
For the record, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in 1955 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Nugent has been operating from 1958 to the present. I suppose Dr. King didn’t remain clean and sober, speak clearly, and demand excellence of himself.
Or, Nugent could be like his pants — full of shit.