By Brian Ives
That same day, Nugent stopped by the Radio.com studios in New York, and we asked him about the cancellation, which he blamed on an “army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent.”
“I am so good at advancing the most politically incorrect policies in the world,” the rocker told Radio.com. “I have been involved in upgrading our Second Amendment rights in all 50 states, so we the people can in fact keep and bear arms…the left hates that. The liberal democrats and the Huffington Post and the Saul Alinsky gang, they hate that I’m so effective. I have expanded and increased hunting opportunities all across the globe. So I am able to, dare I say, perfectly articulate my case — they are not!
“So they literally have an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent,” he went on. “To call me a racist is a clear act of desperation. Because everybody knows I’m not a racist! My [former] bass player Johnny Gunnel happens to be a black guy. My [former] bass player Marco Mendoza was born in Mexico! Are you kiddin’ me? I pay tribute to Martin Luther King in my songs, I’ve always said my music is a direct result of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and all the black musical heroes of my life.”
He added: “These sick, sick, stoned, hygiene-challenged Michael Moore fans, they call in and complain that I’m a racist, they claim I’m a pedophile, that I dodged the draft. They call all the promoters, the call all the venues, they call all my sponsors, every day. Meanwhile, what am I doing? I’m going to rock my ass off tonight. And tomorrow night. And the next night. I’m having the greatest tour of my life, and I’m going to have — I promise you — the greatest hunting season of my life. So I have created the abject fear in the left of how effective I am. I think I’m really great — but I didn’t know I was this great! That my haters have dozens, if not hundreds, of people dedicated to calling all my sponsors and all my concert promoters saying, ‘Nugent’s a racist!’ They’re literally, maniacally scrambling to destroy me, because I ‘murder innocent animals.'”
Nugent cited the lyrics to his song “Great White Buffalo” to point out that he isn’t racist towards Native Americans. “But then came the white man/ With his thick and empty head,” it goes. “He couldn’t see past billfold/ He wanted all the buffalo dead.”
But why would the casino cancel Nugent’s show now, after seeking him out to book it to begin with? “Because they’re being hammed by [these] people!” he exclaimed.
In a press release posted to the casino’s Facebook page, Laura Stensgar, the executive director of marketing for the venue said, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses. Unfortunately, when we booked him, we were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an ’80s rock ‘n’ roller who we thought folks might enjoy. We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”
Nugent is currently promoting new album Shutup & Jam!, which hit stores earlier this month. A full interview with the rocker touching on the album and more is coming soon on Radio.com.