Ted Nugent used to be known for iconic guitar riffs and songs about getting laid, but now he makes headlines with his extreme political views -- often peppered with vulgarity. Nugent's remarks about certain Democrats and hot topics like immigration have made him a divisive figure (to say the least) and you can expect some heated dissent at his concert tonight at the Gothic Theater.
The Facebook events page Protest Ted Nugent Concert @ Denver's Gothic Theater calls for Denver residents to pressure the Gothic into canceling Nugent's show because of his racist comments, specifically those against Native Americans.
The page also references Nugent calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and his appropriation of Native American symbols in his song "Great White Buffalo." Here's the entire statement from protest organizers:
Everyone has heard the Racist comments made by Ted Nugent referring to Native Americans as " unclean vermin" including many other racist and hate-filled remarks. The racist remarks most often cited are jabs at President Obama which include calling him a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee." But Nugent's racially-insensitive behavior extends to Native Americans as well. He frequently wears a feather headdress on stage and appropriates a sacred Native symbol in his song "Great White Buffalo," both of which are highly disrespectful to Native culture. Native activist from the American Indian Movement of Colorado, Denver Idle No More, the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Latino Forum, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition, ask you to join us in protesting Ted Tugents concert being hosted by the Gothic Theater. For those who cannot make it we ask that you start right now in contacting the Gothic Theater and ask them to cancel the concert! Call and send them e-mails.....and do it several times a day! Let's let Ted Nugent know...We will not condone his racist acts In Indian Country! Please go to the Gothic Theatre fb and tell them to dump Ted Nugent!
Two of Nugent's shows at a Native American casino in Tacoma, Washington were canceled earlier this month after members of the Puyallup Tribe "decided that they didn't want their venue used to promote his racism," Puyallup spokesman John Weymer told the Seattle Times. A casino in Idaho canceled Nugent's August show on July 21 for the same reason.
Nugent called those who pushed for the cancellation of the Idaho concert "unclean vermin" -- a statement many in the Native American community have taken personally.
So far, more than160 people have indicated that they'll attend the Denver protest, and organizers don't want the boycott to stop after the Motor City Madman leaves. Reddog Rudy, one of the protest leaders, posted this on the event's Facebook profile this morning:
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Expectations for Protesting at the Gothic Theater today: Please help us to keep this a non-violent action. We will be protesting the front of the Theater where concert goers enter.We can not block people from entering and we must keep moving in a circle or oval on the sidewalk; especially those with the bullhorns. We will have our own Peoples Security, Street Medics, and Liaison that can mediate any issues with Law enforcement or Theater management. we plan to be there 6-8 & will encourage everyone to boycott the Gothic Theater threw out the year. Rudy Gonzales will be there to lead and close the action in unity with all of our allies. Thank You All for traveling in for this Protest Action against Racist Pedophile Ted Nugent, But Most of all, Thank YOU for standing in Solidarity with all of our Native peoples taking action on these issues that are driving the root causes of racism as we see them today. So Pilamaya yelo! See you there!
The Gothic Theater could not be reached for comment, but no cancellation notice has been issued, and Nugent's show is expected to begin as scheduled tonight at 8 p.m.
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