Ted Nugent was recently paid $16,000 not to perform at Fourth of July Festival in Longview, Texas, with the officials noting that Uncle Ted was "not the right feel for this kind of community event."
As KLTV reports, Nugent was initially scheduled to rock the event, but his show was canceled afterwards due to the controversy surrounding his appearance with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Gregg County Republican Party Chair Keith Rothra noted that he doesn't support the town's decision, dubbing it "very expensive political correctness."
"I'm sad the City of Longview has done this. I think it was done by a great deal of political correctness, political pressure," Rothra stated. "We have various performers who have made all kinds of statements that rattled people's conscience and yet they are still slated as performers."
What got the town stirred up the most was Ted's statement calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." The statement was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, but things seem to have settled a bit since. Abbot has recently noted that he's moving on from the Nugent controversy, and so is Sarah Palin. "If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!" she wrote in a recent Facebook post about Abbot.
Back to the show cancelation, the town was obliged to give the Nuge half of his $32,000 agreed fee, resulting in $16,000 payment for Uncle Ted.