Three Ted Nugent concerts have been cancelled by two Native American tribes who own and run casinos in America.
Rocker Nugent has now had three live shows cancelled after the Puyallup Tribe pulled performances scheduled for August 2 and 3 from its Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The decision comes off the back of Nugent’s August 4 show in the Idaho city of Worley being cancelled by the Coeur D’Alene Tribe.
Explaining their actions, a spokesperson for the Coeur D’Alene Tribe stated that Nugent’s “racist and hate-filled remarks” were behind the decision to cancel. Though it’s not known which of Nugent’s words the tribe opposes, the musician has gone on record as calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel”, a comment he later retracted, although he still maintains that Obama is a “liar” who is violating the Constitution.
“The First Amendment gives people the right to free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” Tribal Council Vice-President Lawrence W LaPointet told VVN Music. “We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organisations. I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don’t need it here.”
In response, Nugent told Gannett Wisconsin Media: “I take it as a badge of honour 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.”
Speaking to Radio.com about the cancellation of his Idaho gig, Nugent claimed there is an “army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent” acting against him. “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?”
Nugent has yet to respond to the latest gig cancellations.