Ted Nugent Slams Stevie Wonder’s Florida Boycott
Rocker Ted Nugent was asked recently what he thought of musicians like Stevie Wonder boycotting the state of Florida until they repeal the "Stand Your Ground" law that became the centerpiece of the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin case this summer. "How brain-dead do you have to be," Nugent asked, before taking Wonder to task for his decision.
“So, 700 black people, mostly young children and young people, were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder," Nugent told radio station WXBR in Brockton, Mass. "Are you kidding me? What is this, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'?"
Wonder announced his boycott after Zimmerman was recently cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of Martin. Nugent isn't the only one to question Wonder's remarks. CBS News reports that the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Alicia Keys are also distancing themselves from Wonder.
None were as emphatic as Nugent, however. "How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence … determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?" asked the 'Wang Dang Sweet Poontang' singer. "And you're gonna focus on that clear and universally accepted act of self-defense, but ignore the black-on-black slaughter that's happening every day in this country?
"I will pray for Stevie Wonder and all these other numbnuts who think that Trayvon Martin's life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks," Nugent continued. "I don't even know what to do with that information."
Nugent went on to call the 63-year-old Wonder "soulless." Both musicians hail from Michigan, and the outspoken and controversial Nugent says he's genuflected at the same altar of R&B and gospel music as Wonder all of his life. The entire 26-minute interview with the rocker is available on YouTube.