Last week the Coeur d'Alene canceled a Ted Nugent show at their casino and soon after the Puyallup Tribe followed suit. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed Nugent's Aug. 2-3 shows from their calendar.
“The first amendment gives people the right to free speech,” Lawrence W. LaPointe of the Puyallup Tribe, which runs the casino, said. “But I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here. We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations. I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don’t need it here.”
In an interview with Gannett Wisconsin Media, Nugent had this to say about his haters.
“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy. Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.”
So wait, who are the unclean vermin? I hope he's not calling us all vermin here.
After all the hoopla about the concert cancellations and the photos circulating of Ted Nugent in a headdress, someone wrote and asked him to take the photos on his Facebook down. Here was his response via his assistant on Facebook:
Greetings from Tedquarters.
Mr. Nugent has a long history of working with a wide variety of Native American Tribes across our great country.
He has been an honored guest at many tribal meetings, has worked with Native American youth, and was honored and humbled to be inducted into the Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes.
Mr. Nugent served as the Keynote Speaker for Native American Fish & Wildlife Society National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as for The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Michigan, and we were proud to host Native American Dancers from the Grand Traverse Band as our special guests for a performance before a crowd of 15,000 in Detroit.
Ted was asked by tribal elders in Nebraska to instruct their youth in current methodologies of shooting with bow and arrow, which he cited as one of the most rewarding experiences in his lifelong career as an outdoorsman and hunter.
One of Ted's most revered songs, Great White Buffalo, disparages the greed of the white man and sends a message of hope for Native Americans who revere Mother Earth and our natural renewable resources.
Mr. Nugent wears the headdress as a sign of reverence, and deep respect for the Native American culture and traditions. So no, we will not be taking the photos down.
Assistant to Mr. Nugent
So what do you think, should he take the photos down?
Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by poeticresearch