Ted Nugent: 'I Don't Understand the People Who Hate Me'

"Why would you hate someone who has done benefits for children's and military charity?" asks the Motor City Madman.

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Controversial rocker Ted Nugent says that he doesn't understand the people that hate him and insists that his "beliefs are so positive and so uplifting that they would work for everybody."

As Blabbermouth notes, Nugent, who is an avid supporter of gun rights and antagonist of President Barack Obama, was critized this past weekend by fellow rocker Matt Sorum for his widely-known love of hunting, after the former Guns N' Roses drummer found a photo of Nugent with a small game kill.

Nugent, who is a board member of the National Rifle Association and the owner of a large hunting ranch in Jackson, Michigan, tells Metal Assault in a brand new interview: "People that hate me, I don't understand them. I mean, I understand that hate comes from ignorance and a negative life, but you know what I do, I pray for my haters."

He continues: "What a terrible thing. Why would you hate someone who has done benefits for children's and military charity? I do this every day. You've really got to have a dark, dark heart and sad, dilapidated soul to live to hate like that. So I wish them well and godspeed, and I hope they come out of that terrible dark place they're living in, because I'm a happy, fulfilled man and do everything for my fellow man. I've done more for clean air, soil and water than all my haters combined. I've made mistakes in life but I don't make them twice in a row, I promise you that.

"I feel honored and humbled. I don't have all the answers but I got most of them, and the manifestation of my policies and beliefs are so positive and so uplifting that they would work for everybody."

Nugent in February apologized for referring to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel," calling that word grouping "street-fighter terminology" and saying he wished he used "more understandable language," such as "violator of his oath to the Constitution."

Nugent was investigated by the Secret Service in April 2012 after saying that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama was re-elected.

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    iommi600
    Poor Ted, he's developed some kind of persecution complex. Don't feel bad - I think free-market fundamentalism and political redneckery don't work, but I don't hate you, mate. Cheers, from a person you'd probably call a "sickening ultra-liberal".
    TheLiberation
    "Persecution complex" is absolutely the standard tool and weapon of conservative "Christians" these days. Particularly common in the US and Poland (which is where I live), where this stance is all the more pathetic because something like 80% of the parliament are religious conservatives in either country.
    entropicxdisson
    are you kidding me, liberals play the persecution card so much more, it's always "I'm a member of x racial minority and I'm more oppressed than you", or as I like to call it the oppression olympics. But seriously if the people that hate Ted really were "tolerant" they wouldn't be sending death threats and threatening to kill his children, simply cause he hunts and is a bit of an outspoken d-bag.
    TheLiberation
    Racial minorities are an entirely different issue which I'm not even bringing up here, since it's not comparable in any way. But it does not take a genius to realise that playing a persecuted victim for your views that are heavily overrepresented in your country's politics and shared by a large part, if not majority, of the nation, is ****ing pathetic (even more than the content of said views, and that is quite an achievement).
    guitarist5477
    Pretty much every group, or person, develops a persecution complex. It's not a tool for one group of people, but for many.
    DWAUME
    This isn't a persecution complex. There are many people who hate Nugent on the internet. Obviously. However, Nugent doesn't say he's persecuted whatsoever. He's not a fundamentalist Christian bitching about the "war on christmas" or something, he's a guy who doesn't understand why people disagree with him. Stupid, maybe, but not persecution. You ****ing idiot.
    filipe26
    Narcissists have a way of believing that people hate them or are jealous of them, and "devote their lives to it". I've dealt with many in family and acquantainces/colleagues.
    cfhdomination
    "I don't understand the people who hate me." Well you dodged the draft yet claim to be a big supporter of the military, you're borderline racist, you adopted a teenage girl just so you could bang her (not to mention your sick fetish for younger girls). Yeah, I don't understand it at all Ted.
    TheWhiteKeys101
    I don't hate Ted, I just don't agree with some of the things he did or said...most of the things...Well, everything he did/said.
    USCENDONE BENE
    "Why would you hate someone who has done benefits for children's and military charity?" Well why hate someone who pulled their country out of a depression and provided people with work and cars and national pride and lebensrau...oh wait. Just cos you do good stuff doesn't mean you can't still be a bellend.
    Abacus11
    In Nugent's little world (Planet Right-Wing Psycho) everyone loves him. His views have a ton of appeal to small demographic that see the rest of the world as the enemy. These people live inside of a very thick, very paranoid bubble and are generally too obsessed with their own delusions to realize that most people really are NOT bigoted gun nuts. It makes perfect sense that he doesn't get it.
    robo37
    Hey I agree with Nugent, having ties with charity should prevent you from being hated. I mean take Jimmy Savile for instance, he actively sponsored multiple charities, raised over 40 million pounds, was knighted, and he... oh, wait a minuet...
    TheExterminator
    Germany was on its way to recovery before Hitler came into power, and it's debatable that national pride is a good thing, considering what national pride did in Nazi Germany. Hitler didn't do much good. He gained power through assassination and cheating, he forced the country into a war, used stolen loot from countries he conquered to boost the economy that was suffering again due to the focus on war, and ultimately left the country devastated and split in half for the next 40 years when he lost the war he started. His actions directly caused the death of millions of people, including German citizens, and his actions are indirectly responsible for all the casualties in the war. All of which he was never able to take responsibility for because he killed himself before anything could happen to him. Ted Nugent's a moron, no doubt, but it's an unfair comparison.
    K33nbl4d3
    It'd be unfair if it was meant to be a direct parallel, but it's not. It's a simple statement. You can do good things and still be human garbage.
    anttown
    (Spelling misstakes here we go!) Not really. Your summary concludes that Hitler is responsible for example Empire Japan and Italys actions and the Russian missuse of its citizens during the war. Hitler may have triggered the war but he can´t be held responsible for what other nations commanders do. Im in no way defending Hitler but trying just to put a wider perspective to your summary. Also, it is somewhat debatted if Hitler forced Germany into war or not. There was certainly some germans who opposed the idea of war but looking at the big picture most germans adored Hitler. After the defeat in WWI and the humiliation they suffered many historians are concented that all what was needed for Germany to go to war again was a spark. That spark was Hitler. My sources are: Antony Beevor Alan Bullock Martin Collier Philip Pedley John W. Dower And some of my university professors and lectors.
    jeffo46
    Nugent dodged the draft during the Vietnam War era by shitting in his pants at the physical repeatedly but yet he supports the troops ? I'm a Navy vet who served for 28 years and this ******* can go **** himself. Also, he's a racist and pedophile as well. A true piece of work. I'm surprised he doesn't have a show on Fox News where he would fit right in with Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the lying asshats.
    guitarist5477
    Shouldn't matter either way, just don't watch FOX or CNN and you'll get more of your own natural views instead of what either side wants you to believe.
    coreymineard
    People hate Nugent because he is a loudmouth hillbilly piece of sh*t. Go back to the 1970s, Ted. Nobody here likes you.
    crazyhorse174
    Jimmy Savile did a ton of charity work. Doing charity work doesn't always mean your a saint, or that what you say is gospel.
    MattHessing
    Yeah and Hitler probably washed his hands after a piss.
    Izzy-Sweet
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_la... Way to just cut straight to it.
    MattHessing
    It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Them Hitlers aren't gonna compare themselves, dammit.
    legendaryjj10
    There are so many other 20th century dictators to choose from who were at least as despicable. Using Hitler in every argument only shows that a person does not know much about the many atrocities of the 20th century and only knows about the Nazis. Seriously, the 20th century was a ****ing exhibition of atrocities.
    MattHessing
    Using Hitler shows that I have the initiative to choose an example that will be understood by most people.
    barden1069
    Well, at least this removes any question that might have been left - Ted has completely left this reality.
    Vern1971
    Not defending the bloke at all but comparing him to savile and hitler is idiotic.
    crazyhorse174
    Wasn't really comparing him to Savile - was just trying to make a point that just because you do charity work, doesn't necessarily mean that you're a good person.
    Bram_Claes
    Sometimes, a Hitler comparison can be valid. In this case, most people aren't drawing a direct comparison between Nugent and Hitler, they just mean to point out that it is entirely possible to do both good stuff and extremely terrible stuff at the same time, and thus you can be hated, even if you do good stuff.
    metallideth88
    Seriously. What has Obama done to you? I am not even from America but I understand he did some good and bad. But why so much hatred from Ted Nugent towards a black president. Could it simply be racism?
    dennis.1960
    Just because a white man hates Obama's policies does not make them a racist...it simply makes them someone who hate's Obama's policies. If a black man hated Dubya's policies, did that make him a racist? Geez, when are people gonna get that not everything is about race.
    metallideth88
    Americans are the most Racist, Narcisit and Imperalist people in the history of humanity. Sorry, had to say it.
    barden1069
    I dunno man, Britain could give us a run for our money during their colonial heyday.
    Vern1971
    Um, surely you mean nazi Germany? Or the Romans
    legendaryjj10
    Or the Japanese at their imperialist height. Or the Chinese. Those countries benefited from relative isolation from the rest of the world, which also led to them having strong feelings of superiority. Due to a very small minority of minorities in those countries, racism is quite common (and by minorities I mean non native to the land ethnic groups).
    metallideth88
    And the Germans are wonderful people now. Oh how have times changed
    anguskilminster
    The Germans, IMO, were never bad people as a whole. They suffer from an egotistical political ruling class, as does the rest of the world. Why are politicians allowed to run countries, when their only experience is politics, with little or no real world experience?
    guitarist5477
    I'd bet top dollar it has nothing to do with racism, more with Obama's political stances. I don't know how it is in your country but here if you take a direct right or left stance, the opposing side most likely will not except you. It goes both ways equally, and both are to blame.
    soulgrenade
    Are you serious? Obama is a TERRIBLE president and a liar. Ted is no dummy he sees the truth.
    Nuclearcrayon
    Good afternoon ted!
    Smigzy
    The real racist try to defend Obumble for no other reason then he's black. The rest of the world just doesn't like him because he is he worst president in the history of the US. Not becaue he's black. But because of his policy
    legendaryjj10
    Worst president in US history? That's a stretch. I am not going to argue that he is good or bad, but saying he is the worst is a ridiculous statement.
    STABxYOU
    You're a stooge if you're wilfully ignorant to the amount of racist criticism Obama receives. That's not to say all criticism of Obama is motivated by racism, but it's undeniable that some of it is.
    ZPinkZeppelinS
    I mean he's done a benefit concert before tributing Martin Luther King, now I don't know if that doesn't make him a racist, but I think he just really hates democrats (obviously)
    rockguitar316
    Too much disrespect for Uncle Ted and MegaDave on this page. The page is obviously run by liberals. I'd love to read an unbiased article on here sometime. Oh well guess I'll bookmark Blabbermouth instead.
    ewolf5150
    I get people hating on his political views, some of which i agree with, others i don't. i was raised hunting and go every weekend in the fall. im a city boy but i still understand and realize that not everybody lives in a high rise in a huge city taking taxis to a desk job everyday. city people are more quick to judge those who have been raised in a more traditional conservative country style way of life where hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor activities are the norm. my dad is a huge ted fan and even has an arrow signed by him sitting on a set of deer antlers. I agree with the libs stance on social issues but a lot of the other policies for this country are complete bullshit. Immigration, welfare, lack of responsibility, political correctness, affirmative action policies, buying minority votes etc. sure the right has stupid issues to such as religious crap and anti gay agendas but thats my 2 cents
    deathofagod
    A true sign of an idiot is someone who can't see other people's perspective, and here UG presents an article demonstrating this.
    bustapr
    "As the Democrats continue to get away with their crimes, the squawking poor just keep on getting poorer, and as is always the case, they have no one to blame but themselves. Stupid is as stupid does. Brainwashing only works if you give up your brain and your soul to the brainwashers. Another mind-boggling conundrum is the fact that America's so-called poor live a life far better than do real poor people around the world and have luxuries they can only dream of. With their cell phones, automobiles, microwave ovens, air-conditioning, new clothes, manicures and pedicures, bling-bling, clean water, more food than they can eat, pretty much redistributed everything handed to them, they still whine how America should be more like those other countries." quotes like this make it easy to understand why people dont like you...
    logicbdj
    Some people always will hate those with strong opinions and confidence.
    cfhdomination
    Strong opinions I don't mind, but as far as confidence goes, there's a point where confidence turns into arrogance. Ol' Ted crossed that line a long time ago.
    logicbdj
    The point is this... if a person does nothing more than put him down, like he's an a-hole or some other name calling, then they are NO BETTER than he is. If you don't like what he states, then indicate WHY... give an argument. Otherwise, a person is doing nothing more than exposing his or her own ignorance and suggesting his or her own arrogance.
    cfhdomination
    Its not that I personally hate him. Others might, but I never said I hated him. I'm just not a fan of the things he says and does. He comes off as an arrogant, bigoted person and that's why I'm not exactly his biggest fan. It boggles my mind that he can sit there and say "why don't people like me? I don't get it?" If that's not egotistical I don't know what is.
    logicbdj
    The guy has been a rock legend since the 1970s and you claim him to be arrogant? LOL. OK... whatever. But we're talking about his political views, and why people hate him for that. If there is a view you don't like, then either ignore it, or provide a VALID ARGUMENT as to why he's wrong, and perhaps suggest an alternative rather than simply putting him down. I'm not talking about YOU, but others on this site whenever Nugent says something.
    cfhdomination
    He's questioning why people don't like him. You don't think that's arrogant?
    logicbdj
    I never said he wasn't. Frig... I clearly indicated that this guy has been a rock legend since the 1970s... what rock legend ISN'T arrogant to some extent, lol. There are people who have accomplished NOTHING who are arrogant, but the point is (and I clearly this) people don't like him for his opinions, yet the yahoo's who indicate he's this or that don't indicate a valid argument and simply hate him for the sake of hating him. I don't care about his arrogance, but the ARROGANCE of others putting him down with ZERO validity, except their OWN arrogant remarks.
    thusuntotyrants
    Heres my argument against Ted, hes a pants shitting pedophile who has threatened the President more than once. That sums it all up.
    ace assgrinder
    From my view I feel that both the democrats and the republicans have had good ideas and good presidents but Obama is not one of them. Perhaps the last good democratic president was Bill Clinton, and the last good republican president was Ronald Regan. Though this has little to do with the Ted Nugent article.
    legendaryjj10
    I wouldn't consider Reagan a good president either. Some of his policies have definitely come back to bite the US in the long run.
    rockerwannabe
    Clinton was only good to the extent he did what Newt Gingrich made him do in the Contract With America. Otherwise, he was just another big government spender like GW Bush and now B. Hussein Obama.
    guitarist5477
    I agree 100%, it's good to see someone being a lil impartial on UG for once and not just blaming one side.
    NWD2100
    I love the songs Fred Bear, Strangehold, and Cat Scratch Fever. Those are great rock songs that I can listen to forever. I don't care about Ted's personal life and I am not a huge fan of the guy or anything but he is a great song writer. Can't we agree on that much? I don't care about this man's political views or personal life at all. He made some good tunes.
    rockerwannabe
    If a musician is as left wing as Ted is right, does the media refer to him or her as "controversial" as UG did above? Please. Most of you commenters just drink the Kool Aid served to you. Keep drinking it, fools.
    guitarist5477
    Couldn't agree more, it's more one sided here than anything. I like to stay in middle with politics but nothing annoys me more than a person bashing one side who is too blind to see that his own side is just as messed up. It's one of the biggest problems in politics.
    Hamburger89
    Ted lives in his own reality, he's been threatened and harassed by a bunch of liberal extremists saying they are willing to kill him and his family. Everybody is all cool because they are 'saving the planet' or 'protecting innocent creatures' but the guy has a distorted view on liberalism and socialism because of this. I dissagree with pretty much everything Ted says and don't understand his way of life but I'd rather go drink a beer with him than with one of those peta members. The media should focus on the other side for a while, gunnuts aren't the only nuts found in this world.
    STABxYOU
    Enjoy life in the echo chamber, creating your own facts as your talking points require stooge.
    christopwhalen
    Okay, just because you don't agree with Ted's political views, this does not make him a bad person. Ted is the kind of guy that would strike up a conversation with the janitor or the bellboy, be genuinely interested in them as people, and treat them as equals. Compare that with people like Barbara Streisand, or Hillary Clinton, you won't get that with either of those two people. In fact, from what I've heard anyway, if you are crew member, working for Barbara, if she happens to be in your vicinity, you have to keep your back turned away from her, until she leaves the room. No contact of any kind allowed. Hillary is very similar to that. They are both Elitists.
    thusuntotyrants
    "beliefs are so positive and so uplifting that they would work for everybody." Sorry Ted, but shitting your pants to avoid serving your country, threatening the President and sex with under age girls are beliefs I dont share with you.
    FretboardToAsh
    The reasons he doesn't understand this would lead me to believe is severly lacking in the ability that is self-criticism, something that does not surprise me that much. As someone with very contrasting views of philosophy compared to most people and cultures I know, this is a pitfall for many. As for charity, the man is rich. It is not noteworthy to give away something you don't need or have too much of, it is when it's something you do need.
    Jorge13ruiz
    I miss it when Dave Mustaine was the only right wing nut on UG. Someone please tell Dave to stop taking his meds and come back.
    Punkbri1
    He said he does not make the same mistakes twice but I am pretty sure Mr. Family Values has cheated on his wife many times.
    kozmo4200
    60 year old guy saying, "I love haters".....He is losing it more and more each day.
    unknownking
    I rad all the responses here and almost all of them are asinine. THINK about the words. Hate is a very strong word to use, and if someone truly hates you, then there needs to be a reason. If you disagree with someone's views, does that mean you hate them? If that be the truth, then you are a sorry excuse for a human being. In the U.S., we are given the right of free speech. It has never been held that the speech has to be something you like. Ted speaks his mind. If you don't like him, you don't have to listen. Simple. He is an advocate of gun rights. Truth of the matter is, he is correct in his views. Think on it. All here are very big advocates to our freedoms of speech and the like. Why then would you disregard your freedom to keep and bear arms? Is that right not just as important? before you say no, think about your rights to be secure in your persons and property (4th amendment), or the right to not incriminate yourself or bear witness on yourself (5th amendment). If you give up the right to any one of our constitutional rights, then the rest are fair game. That means, all being equal, we should speak up and fight for ALL our rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. Ted is a big advocate for that. Don't think our rights of free speech can be hindered at all? Look around and you will find that they are. Many of you may not remember the late 80's, but those that do should remember a little group that had a huge nationwide following, the PMRC. Led by Tipper Gore, they almost got congress to pass laws to greatly censor our music and curb our rights of free speech. Pay attention, because history likes to repeat itself. As for the hunting, do you eat meat? If so, stfu because animals have to die for it. And most animals people eat for their meat (cows, chickens, pigs, etc) are not treated very humanely. Ted's hunting, and most fair chase hunting leading to animal kills used for food, are far more humane, quick, and clean. Stop just following the piper and open your eyes. Learn about what it is you are so against before just taking for granted what you are spoon fed.
    thusuntotyrants
    He shit his pants to avoid military service (yet literally wraps himself in the flag) and admitted to being attracted to underage girls. I have no problem with hating someone like this. Ted is free to spew his bigoted, ignorant BS. And we are free to call him on it.
    STABxYOU
    I can't imagine why people might dislike this pant-shitting, draft-dodging, child molesting chickenhawk, with all of his hateful, ignorant rhetoric.
    node2ish
    Ted Bundy saved a drowning child (true story). But why would you hate him??