Ted Nugent Vows to Tone Down 'Hateful Rhetoric': We All Have to Be More Respectful to the Other Side

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Ted Nugent Vows to Tone Down 'Hateful Rhetoric': We All Have to Be More Respectful to the Other Side
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Reacting to the shooting of congressman Steve Scalise, Ted Nugent vowed he'll stop with any kind of "hateful rhetoric," telling WABC (via UCR):

"At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can't use those harsh terms.

"I cannot, and I will not, and I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other.

"The whole world is watching America, where you have the God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful to the other side.

"But I have to clarify: we really are angry. We don't believe, we cannot believe that people on the left don't want secure borders. This is crazy to us.

"I'm not trying to make excuses, but when I made those wild-ass comments on stage against then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama [including telling Obama to 'suck on my machine gun'], I don't know if you can grasp the degree of adrenaline and intensity and over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage.

"I'm going to take a deep breath and I am going to back it down.

"And if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I'm going away. I'm not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore."

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    Gorillanate720
    In 2009, when I was 15, my mom got tickets to one of her favorite performers she's ever seen, Ted Nugent. To understand the situation a little better, my mom is super liberal, but she loved Ted Nugent's music because her first concert was Ted Nugent when she was 14 while being extremely high on acid. so high, she thought uncle Ted was Jesus. So, on the day of the concert, we find out that Ted Nugent isn't playing at a concert hall, but a convention hall turned into a makeshift stage with a couple rows of fold-able chairs. Alright, he's getting old. he isn't gonna be playing the biggest stadiums anymore. As soon as the seats got packed, my mom and I noticed the amount of extremely conservative people that were there. I'm not talking about redneck, Duck Dynasty type of people, but suit-and-tie, Reagan-voting, upper-middle class white people. As soon as the concert starts, ole uncle Ted yells out to the crowd, "I bet you, there aint no niggers out there in the crowd tonight!" Right then and there, my mom's image of Jesus Ted deflated away and morphed into an old racist white fearmonger. I wish I had recorded that. TMZ would have bought that quickly! 
    Chuxter1
    He also hates gays....the last show that I saw him play, he asked the crowd "Are there any of you California boys out there? Bunch of faggots." His big mouth has narrowed his fan base to nothing. GOOD!
    Draconis93
    Citation needed. He's said a lot of dumb things, but this really needs some verification.
    dannyalcatraz
    I'm a black dude who always liked Ted's music, but as I got older, I learned more about Ted the man. i, for one, hope this marks a genuine change for him.
    jasperado
    This has to be some hunting tactic to lull us in a sense of security then he will shoot all of us, i don't trust that blue balled sombitch
    Cal_14
    I noticed he stopped short of an actual apology to Obama and Clinton.
    zack2k
    once a racist close minded bigot always a racist close minded bigot.
    dannyalcatraz
    Thank God that's not entirely true.  There are several known cases of people who have had a true and profound change of heart away from mindless hate. it's rare, but it happens.
    Chuxter1
    I used to like Ted when I was a kid....the last one of his shows I went to was shit. He can't play music without spewing his opinion while standing on his soap box. He is such an asshole, his music is not relevant to me at all anymore. Somebody needs to put him in a Stranglehold.....
    guitgrinder
    The first Ted Nugent album is amazing, and there couple after that were good too. But what gets me about the public's problem with Ted is that he's a racist. He surelyvis racist, no doubt there... but, what's worse is that he's also a pedophile, and no one ever seems to bring that up. As if being a racist is somehow worse than fucking teenage girls? Y'know? His racist shit sucks, but is it really that harmful to anyone? That's something you can ignore... but fucking teenagers? I don't know, I just think it's weird how society has made more of a drink about his racist words than his predatory actions. But I guess black people are more important than young white girls? Lol
    dannyalcatraz
    Ummm... Racism is kinda hard to ignore if you're on the receiving end. As for Ted the Ped, yeah a lot of people know about it, but charges haven't really been pressed against him.  At least, not like Roman Polanski has been...
    guitgrinder
    What I mean by ignoring it is that people can more or less choose how much it effects them... especially when it's just a thing on your Facebook feed. Keep scrolling, y'know? Maybe I'm in some sort of minority in my belief that someone's personal racist ideas are less harmful than their predatory sexual activities. Y'know, the old saying "actions speak louder than words." Just because charges haven't been levied doesn't mean shit. If I robbed a bank at gunpoint & got away with it doesn't mean I'm any less guilty, just that I got away with it.
    dannyalcatraz
    Communication of an idea- good or bad- helps it spread.  If the racism is on MY feed*, I can ignore it, true.  But it will also be on the feed of someone who may transform it into action. It is not an accident or mere coincidence that the SPLC has noted an increase in hate group membership that correlates with increasing use of social media. (Same thing happens with pedophiles, too.  But the number of pedos in the world is orders of magnitude fewer than hatemongers.) * it isn't, because I don't have one, but hypothetically
    guitgrinder
    Sticking to the microcosm of only Ted Nugent, what would you say is the worse thing Ted has done: A) used racist & homophobic slurs in a crowd of many likeminded people, or B) put his penis in young girls, many times over tje course of many years? I'm gonna go with Option B, which is why I think it's weird that people are quicker to point out his racist shit than his pedo shit. Think about it if it was your neighbor & what would be worse. A guy who organizes a private Klan rally, or that he's trying to fuck your 14 year old daughter. In my book it's like, "fine, go be a racist, but stop trying to fuck my kid!" Fucking kids is 1000x worse than being a hatemonger
    dannyalcatraz
    Honestly, I'm not at all interested in weighing the relative reprehensibility of Ted's actions, since: 1) pedophilia and racism are both vile 2) we don't (and probably never will) know the full extent of his actions as a racist.  For all we know, he could be donating 1/3 of his royalties from "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" to Stormfront.
    StarryEyes81
    I'm not advocating what the man has done. But same goes for Jimmy Page and the boys in LZ when it comes to having sex with underage girls. People still back those dudes up. But they're all in the same class as Gary Glitter, when it comes to morals.
    guitgrinder
    Rockstars are no guiding light for morality, for sure. I'm still just driving my point that people criticize Ted more for his racist shit than his pedo shit, as if people feel that racism is somehow WORSE than pedophilia. Like, "hey, we'll let that sexual predator shit slide, but don't you dare say the N-word!"
    SithCatt
    So..when some nutjob rightwing racist spew bs on stage its offensive. Bit when some nutjob racist asswhipe leftwing aka serj, zac of rage or tom the commy boy spews thier bs on stage its all good? Both are fucking nuts.
    poland
    Good story and if he did say that it was stupid.  The problem with liberals is they thrive on negativity.  The media is complaisant with the nut jobs (not your mother).  I did llike your story though.
    imadddd4u
    Nugent is no gent His wadd is shot His load is spent His words are insignificant His songs no longer sold Cause his balls are saggy and old Hanging down to the back of his knee Set him free Put him out of his misery He cant get his publicity for free Ted should swan dive from the 100th floor kamikaze
    GR84
    That's all fine and dandy, but unfortunately these idea quickly fade in peoples mind during the next controversy, the next bill that comes up in congress, the next CNN/Fox war, or the next election.
    banksjor
    I am (t)Ed's favorite idealist. There's always a real man behind the music to "give it away." Now back to my poop.