By Chris Hoenig
Ted Nugent won’t be rocking an Idaho casino next month, and he only has himself and his racist views to blame.
The Coeur d’Alene tribe of American Indians announced that Nugent’s Aug. 4 show at the tribe-owned Coeur d’Alene Casino has been cancelled because of Nugent’s “racist attitudes and views.”
“We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses,” Laura Stensgar, the casino’s Executive Director of Marketing, said in a post on the CDA Casino Facebook page. “Unfortunately, when we booked him, we were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an ’80s rock ‘n’ roller who we thought folks might enjoy. We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”
Earlier this year, Nugent made headlines when he referred to President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” which was a term used by slave owners and Nazis to justify genocide and slavery. He was also visited by the Secret Service in 2012 after saying that he would “either be dead or in jail” if President Obama was reelected.
“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always been about human rights—for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity,” said Chief James Allan, Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. “We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want perpetuate hate in any way.”
In 2009, Nugent was asked to tone down his weekly opinion column in the Waco Tribune-Herald when the paper’s new owners wanted to cut down on name-calling and provide “thoughtful and civil” editorials. “So I get this spineless, soulless anti-American Email from Carlos Sanchez, new editor of Waco Tribune, listing new rules for my weekly Sunday feature telling me I cant criticize anyone, only recommend things, can’t have any negativity, only cute nicyness,” he wrote in response.
After getting fired by the paper, Nugent used a Nazi reference and compared himself to the likes of Thomas Paine, George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. in an email to the press.