Ted Nugent Named the Music's Biggest Joke

Right-wing axeman gets awarded with a special title for April Fools' Day.

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Controversial axeman Ted Nugent was awarded with somewhat of a special title in yesterday's HuffPost Entertainment April Fools' Day Special. Instead of pulling a more classic news article prank, like saying that Dave Mustaine is touring with Metallica or that a grunge cult is building a time machine, the editors decided to go for a bit more different approach, all in the spirit of good fun of course.

So they decided to give us their list of music's biggest jokes. With the likes of Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber and LMFAO, the countdown builds up all the way to our favorite rock 'n' roll madman, who is apparently "not even a musician anymore."

"Teddy's not even really a musician anymore, so much as the face of bigotry that's impenetrable to logic. The problem with Nugent is neither that he hates Barack Obama nor that he's a musician who loves to mouth off about politics. While not exactly Mozart, Kid Rock offered an example of a right-wing dude in music who knew how to share his views without coming off sounding like someone on the wrong side of decency."

Landing right behind the Nuge himself are the Fall Out Boy. The irony behind the new album title "Save Rock and Roll" was apparently good enough to give them a No. 2 spot. Although the author considers the statement about saving an entire genre "a bit overwrought," he does give the group extra credit for casting 2Chainz in their video for "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." As far as the more recent Nugent rants go, you could say the guitarist had his fair share of public outbursts. Prior to saying that "all dictators should die" and calling American gun owners "wonderful, perfectly safe and harmless people," Uncle Ted even went far enough to say that " Obama represents everything bad about humanity."

Surprisingly enough, he also found some time to work on new music, so we might even be in for a new album in the near future.

So do you think that the Motor City Madman is a joke? Or is there more to him than just the right-wing rants and hunting with a bow and arrow? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    Well, I personally consider Lil Wayne's guitar playing to be the biggest joke in music, but this is good enough.
    Wait, am I the only one wondering about this one: "Kid Rock offered an example of a right-wing dude in music who knew how to share his views without coming off sounding like someone on the wrong side of decency." ? ... Wasn't Kid Rock the guy calling Itunes communist for selling songs for the same price, no matter how famous the band was? To me, Kid Rock is as much a joke as Ted Nugent.
    The man hunts giraffes on his ranch, so "biggest joke" is a bit of an underbaked award for him. Can play like a motherFucker though...
    Left wing swore to get rid of poverty, right wing swore to get rid of taxes. Well Odin swore to get rid of the ice giants. Now tell me, where are the ice giants? I say vote Odin lol.
    Thank goodness, it's good to see some people on capable goofing around. Where the is the logic in having a serious conversation about a comedic topic? (When one considers society a farce everything is a joking matter, ahh the things we do to keep sane)
    Lol obvious troll is obvious - I've seen you around here, and basicly you're just a little bitch begging for attention
    Luckily I like to just listen to the music and leave politics out, no matter how skewed left or right they are, but that is just me.
    Is that picture real or doctored? Looks like one of the multitude of weird looking folk in the 'Black Hole Sun' video!
    He is a big joke, like the people who call Obama a socialist. Obama is a big capitalist-imperialist boss. 'Mericuns have no idea what socialism is.
    There has been socialism in the United States for decades in one form or another, but everyone has been fine with it simply because they don't know what socialism really is. Yeah, maybe Obamacare is iffy, but people cry "socialism" just because it's a forbidden word in the Western world and it's gets a rise out of gullible people, like Ted Nugent.
    Every action he takes is another step towards socialism. Are we a long ways off from being amsocialist country? Yes, but we've been moving closer and closer for decades even though history shows it fails every time.
    So free education, infrastructure, agricultural regulation and public services are signs of a failing nation? Because those are all Socialist ideas.
    Yea, failing schools that can barely get enough funding and have the U.S in double digit place in education, crumbling infrastructure, and more people on welfare and food stamps than who work 40 hours a week, those ideas are working SO good right now aren't they?
    Socialism: 1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state 3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done How is America becoming more socialist? Definition 3 might apply but definitely not because of what Obama is doing. If Obama was a socialist we wouldn't be selling our stock in the auto and banking industries, we would be increasing government ownership. Before someone calls someone something maybe they should look up the definition in the dictionary. Hint: dictionaries are available for free at the local library. Or are libraries socialism?
    As much as I despise him as a person, there are much worse musicians out there.
    As much as I despise hitler I believe Ivan the terrible was a much more inhumane and terrifying ruler.
    Ivan was a fabulous leader and just got a bad rep from his enemies, those that survived that is.
    "Ivan was a fabulous leader and just got a bad rep..." "Ivan was a fabulous leader..." "Fabulous leader..." You're giving me strange, freaky images in my head...
    The thing is Hitler was pretty much bad from the get go. Ivan started off sadistic, then found peace and stopped massacring people, then his wife died and he blamed god so he was well within his right to be a sadist again (in his mind), he then forgave people on his deathbed, then ordered the torture of people who predicted the day of his death (correctly).
    The grammar and editing in this article is the real joke. For the love of god, UG, "somewhat of a special title," "a bit more different," "the Fall Out Boy." Fucking seriously?
    Does this douchestain even tour anymore? Why do we still give this guy the slightest bit of relevancy like it's still 1977?
    Ironically, because he's a big joke and as much as we don't like to admit it, we like reading about him. If we didn't, we wouldn't be here right now commenting.
    yes he does.. I saw him 3 years ago and he can still play like a mother****er. Anyone who determines MUSIC's biggest joke according to any attribute other than the MUSIC is ****ing doing it wrong.
    How lame would it be if even the Beatles were still around today, not having released any albums since 'Let It Be' but were still going around performing the same songs over and over? You can get away with playing 'Stranglehold' for so long until it's like, Okay. We Get It.
    actually the beatles stop touring a little while before they broke up. so it would be the same kind of thing possibly only in reverse, releasing music and not playing it live.
    Yeah that's pretty much common knowledge, and not even close as to being the same thing. It's the exact opposite, actually.
    I was so split a couple years ago because I went to see him play a free show around where I live and his music was really great but he just wouldn't shut the hell up about the government
    Though Ted's views are plain stupid, I still love his music and guitar playing. That's the only reason I take the guy serious in some ways.
    I think Ted is a stand-up (albeit misled) human being. He built the soapbox that he espouses his right wing rants from through hard work and dedication. It's a shame that creative men like Mustaine and Nugent are being ostracized from the music community for attempting to free the minds of their audience and encourage them to question the machine we were thrust from the womb into. That's exactly what artists are supposed to do, inspire thought and creativity.
    "That's exactly what artists are supposed to do, inspire thought and creativity." Yes, Mustaine saying 'African women need to put a plug in it' inspired so much intelligent conversation.
    HOLY SHIT, I actually used to have a bit of respect for him, only way he could done worse would be a blame the rape victim comment but now that I think of it he's is essentially indirectly making that comment.
    I'm a firm believer in "it's not what you say but how you say it." Ted gets major props for not being one of those people who put on the decent human mask in public then revert to their true selves behind closed doors but that's all I can give him, positively.
    Not that surprising considering it came from the Huffington Post--the left-wing equivalent of Fox News. Honestly, Ted Nugent isn't any more "crazy" than your typical 70's-era rock star, and he's no more politically outspoken than RATM or Green Day. He just leans in the "other" direction. I don't agree with everything he says, but that's no reason to hate him.
    Of course Ted is the biggest joke in music. When was the last time anyone cared to ask him about a new record, or the next tour? Not for a while, if people didn't get a kick out of asking him to say something about Obama, or Gun Laws, he would have long since fallen into obscurity.
    What pisses me off is that it's the Huffington Post making this claim, saying it's not based on his politics. But Kid Rock (who is a shitty musician) is cool because he can make himself sound like a liberal (I'm sorry "decent") while actually being conservative. This is absolutely based on politics and if you don't believe it, then you're an absolute idiot.
    I'll admit that the anti-Obama ranting is overdone (in general really)it's all too close minded with much too strong of a fixation on party affiliation and not the grand political scheme. But to chastise him for being pro gun and saying "dictators should die" is a heaping load. If they feel that way so be it, but they don't get sympathy from me. There are legitimate jokes of people parading themselves as musicians on the popular venues, they are the ones that could kiss my ass.
    He has some great music (from back in the day) but he's a total dipshit otherwise.
    This isn't a countdown, though, just an assortment in no specific order. Still funny though.
    For any Republicans (I don't like the word conservative as the republicans stopped being conservatives during the bush presidency) out there reading this you are now the counter culture and where the normal ones, now before you complain about how ****ed up our society is think of how you'll finally actually get to be the "persecuted" minority you've always claimed to be!("persecution" is what upper middle class and rich white hetero Christians go through, persecution is what everyone else has to go though because of the ignorant opinions of people who feel "persecuted") look at how much fun we've had complaining about your constant **** ups, now you get to do the same to us. (There are two constants in life, death and lots of **** ups)
    I really found this whole thing irrelevant to anything important yet I laughed how nugent and fall out boy r mentioned in the same article...to be honest nugent should just stick to hunting and shooting guns..we went this long without him...screw it..get a life UG this was totally pointless
    Hey if Jew boy dose not like your opinion you are called a mad man and a joke. While Ted is a little nuts some shit he says sums it all up. Its not what Jew boy likes so call him a joke.
    It's funny, i'm waiting for a UG article about Bono and his tax avoidance issues while he hypocritically blasts other countries for not doing their share. Or about his $28 billion dollar charity scam that only gave about 35% to victims they collected for. All i see are flame pieces on Mustaine and Nugent though, i wonder why that could be....
    I love Ted's music, I grew up on it...but damn there's no denying he's an *****. Perfect example of an excellent musician, but an exponential dick as a person.