Ted Nugent Once Said He Uses The “N-Word” Because His Black Friends Use It
Babbling bigot Ted Nugent has been ruffling feathers with his racist rhetoric on the regular over the last few years, but it turns out he’s not new to saying offensive things that stir the pot.
via Media Matters
In a 1990 interview now available online for the first time, National Rifle Association board member and Outdoor Channel spokesperson Ted Nugent defended apartheid in South Africa, said that he uses racial expletives because he “hang[s] around with a lot of n****rs.
Snippets from “Ted Nugent Grows Up? Older, Bolder, Cruder, Ruder — And More Unprintable Than Ever,” published in Detroit Free Press Magazine on July 15, 1990, have been floating around on the Internet for years. Media Matters requested a copy of the interview from the Detroit Public Library, which archives the Free Press, to authenticate the statements.
Nugent has recently been the subject of widespread controversy after calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” during an appearance at a January gun industry trade show.
The comments made by Nugent to Detroit Free Press Magazine demonstrate how his slur of Obama is par for the course for the NRA representative (all ellipses are DFP’s):
Discussing the system of racial segregation enforced in South Africa at the time, Nugent said that “apartheid isn’t that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal.”
“The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man,” Nugent says. “I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I’m one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands. These are different people. You give ’em toothpaste, they f***ing eat it…I hope they don’t become civilized. They’re way ahead of the game.”
Nugent’s comments came a few months after Nelson Mandela was released following 27 years in prison.
Nugent also defended calling his music tour in Japan the “Jap Whack Tour” and his use of the word “nigger”:
“I mean no disrespect. I’m sure the Japanese are wonderful folks. I use the word ni***r a lot because I hang around with a lot of ni***r, and they use the word n****r, and I tend to use words that communicate…I don’t mean to offend.
I’m a fun guy, not a sexist or racist.”
While the problem with Ted Nugent’s use of the “n-word” as a white man is blatantly obvious, his comments do speak to a point that many in the African-American community have made previously about black people giving life to the very word that we supposedly “despise” by changing the “er” to an “a” and using it in everyday conversation.
What do you think of message behind Ted’s comments, Bossip fam? Let’s discuss.