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Monday, February 24, 2014

Politicians Shocked to Discover Ted Nugent is a Terrible Person

Posted by on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

TED NUGENT: Conservative thought leader.
Republicans are always telling liberal actors and singers to shut up and stop talking politics. But they don't seem to have that same problem when conservative actors and singers speak publicly about their politics. In fact, they embrace those celebrities and point to them as great examples of conservative thought. Funny how that works.

And it's funny how it works when those conservative celebrities fuck up. Currently, Republicans are backing away from Ted Nugent, who called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." Richard Whittaker at the Austin Chronicle wrote a great article (brilliantly headlined "No Nugent Is Good Nugent") about the whole deal:

Gov. Rick Perry (who has previously called himself a fan of the Motor City Madman) initially tried to brush it all off by saying that "the idea that Ted Nugent said something that’s outrageous shouldn’t surprise anyone." However, he soon showed moral fortitude and said his comments were "inappropriate" and that "I got a problem calling the president a mongrel."

With Perry opening the gate, other Republicans slowly joined the chorus. Congressman Rand Paul said that Nugent should apologize, and that his "derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics."

There was a more equivocal response from Sen. Ted Cruz, who praised Nugent for his hardline opposition to gun control, but did go so far as to semi-criticize the "mongrel" comment. "You’ve never heard me say such a thing and nor would I."

Whittaker goes on to wonder why Republicans are quiet about every other offensive thing Nugent ever said, including his support of apartheid in the 1990s. At the Huffington Post, Larry Womack writes about Nugent's "Jailbait Problem," explaining that Nugent "wrote, recorded and released a semi-autobiographical pedophile joke."

Unlike Republicans, I'm not arguing that every celebrity should be stopped from sharing their political beliefs. Every citizen in American can speak their mind. That's what America is all about. But I do believe that Democrats need to be better about standing up against vocally liberal celebrities who are terrible people. And I believe that Republicans need to do the same thing. Why do these politicians not subject celebrity spokespeople to the same background checks that they perform on themselves and other politicians? Is the allure of borrowed fame so great that they simply can't resist celebrating the endorsement of the guy who recorded "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" back in 1977? We can't control who agrees with us, but we can decide which person shares the microphone with us.


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Pope Peabrain 1
Ted Nugent is the perfect spokesperson for teabagger Republicans.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
I know Ted personally. Even I think he's an obnoxious asshole.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM · Report this
fletc3her 3
Republicans pine for the good old days when young girls were fair game.
Posted by fletc3her on February 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Fistique 4
But everyone already calls out everyone all the time? And it doesn't appear to make people more polite or considerate? It just makes everyone look like a stupid asshole?
Posted by Fistique on February 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
they gotta put SOMETHING on all that hate radio air time.

are they supposed to have serious constitutional debates with Thom Hartmann?

Posted by Max Solomon on February 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 6
Seems like that happened, but not by politicians…
Posted by ScandalMgr on February 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM · Report this
I think they're distancing themselves from this comment because it's impossible to deny its awfulness. When someone calls a mixed-race person a subhuman mongrel, the visceral hatred can't be explained away with accusations that those who are offended lack a sense of humor or are politically correct language police. The fact that Nugent can't even bring himself to apologize just makes it worse.
Posted by Joe Glibmoron on February 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Those patriotic GOP/Tea people who have adopted Ted Nugent as one of their own seem to have also overlooked his unique method of avoiding the draft during the Vietnam war. (If his own claims in a 1977 High Times magazine interview are to be believed.)
Posted by TampaDink on February 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Knat 9
Ted Nugent is an irredeemable piece of shit, and has proved it again and again. That said, I've never heard of that song before. I just read the lyrics and... wow. What an irredeemable piece of shit.
Posted by Knat on February 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM · Report this
My Dad told me that the kind of hat a man wears tells a lot about him. There are hard hats for construction workers, much needed and required, there are baseball type hats to shield the sun from one's eyes, wool hats for the cold weather, if you live in the West you better be herding cattle or horses if you wear a cowboy style hat because if you live in the city and wear a cowboy hat you are either a fag or a wannabe musician. Et Tu Teddie boy
Posted by longwayhome on February 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM · Report this

Wow. Now that's saying something...
Posted by CPN on February 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM · Report this

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