A Very Special Ted Nugent Rampage Roundup: NRA EditionPosted by Sarah Anne Lloyd
The world of Ted Nugent is fueled by controversy, from his 1978 adoption of/marriage to a 17-year-old girl to his recent comments about President Barack Obama. Every few years the “Nuge” will poke his head in, say hello, cause a tantrum or a ruckus, and then let us go back on to not caring about him again. That last part is always a glorious, glorious day. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what he’s been up to lately:
April 14: While speaking at National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, MO, Ted “More Guns Equals Less Crime” Nugent makes some scathing remarks about the Obama administration. The juiciest, most circulated quotes include, in reference to if Obama wins next year’s election, “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” and “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November!” He also compared certain Supreme Court Justices to “stoned hippies.”
File this neatly right next to a concert where he held up an AK-47 and told Obama to “suck on this.” Republican Presidential candidate, and top choice of the Nuge, Mitt Romney’s camp casually distances themselves; widely reviled, hyper-conservative Wisconsin governor Scott Walker does not and still loves the Nuge.
April 17: The Secret Service announces a sit-down with Nugent about his comments.
April 19: Nugent meets with the U.S. Secret Service, which apparently, he says, was “a wonderful meeting.” His being investigated, he says, is the fault of “bizarre subhuman squalor and the lying of the Saul Alinsky fan club and the liberal Democratic cesspool.” Not that he was worried; he claimed that the Secret Service are his “buddies”, going on to say: “They work for me. I pay their salaries and I mean that seriously. But also, you know, I train with the Secret Service. I conduct federal marshal raids here in Texas. So, I rely on these heroes of the federal agencies to save my life. … So when you say Secret Service, all I can do is get a big grin on my face and realize we’ll either be shooting some taxpayer ammo at targets or we’ll be eating barbecue.”
The Secret Service did not mention a barbecue, but called the matter “resolved”.
Some U.S. Army event organizers are unamused by any attempt, half-assed or otherwise, at an apology, and according to their Facebook release, Nugent is dropped from the bill for Fort Knox’s annual summer concert. Styx, who, notably, both have decent songs besides “Stranglehold”, remain on the bill, as do REO Speedwagon.
Oh, and he’s releasing personally-branded “KILL ‘EM GRILL ‘EM” ammo in July.
The moral of the story: Ted Nugent is still Ted Nugent. Now let’s go back to not caring again, unless it’s via the hilarious “Babysitting W/ The Nuge” (maybe NSFW?) comic by Derek Erdman.