While others run from controversy, Ted Nugent seems to welcome it. The “Motor City Madman” is still in hot water for his anti-Semitic rant, and now for his behavior at Sunday’s Michigan Trump rally. Nugent thinks it’s no big deal, but others differ. He continues to raise support for GOP candidate Donald Trump, while his past controversies come back to trouble him.
Since 1967, when he started touring, Ted Nugent has said and done more wild things than anyone can keep track of. Throughout his career, he has at various times entertained, scandalized, and angered people more than nearly anyone. While he did not attain the kind of super stardom that he wanted, Nugent has managed to carve out a special place for himself in the world of rock music. Ted Nugent’s wife is Shemane Deziel, whom he married on January 21, 1989. His first wife died in 1982 in a fatal car crash. We have more about Ted Nugent’s wiki details right here.
A Great Guitar Player
Nugent was born in Redford, Michigan, and moved to Palatine, Illinois, when he was still a teenager. Nugent was raised Catholic and has remained very religious all his life. He refers to his Catholicism regularly and accepts that he is deeply influenced by it. He learned to play guitar at a young age, and is said to be one of the greatest guitar players of his generation. He first played with the Amboy Dukes, which started out as a psychedelic band. Nugent has been a member of three other bands, and also pursued a solo career. In the 1980’s he formed a band named Damn Yankees, which had moderate success. In 1989, he returned to a solo career which earned him fame.
Never a Dull Moment
So far, Nugent has released more than 34 albums and has sold more than 30 million records. He has also acted in films, starred in his reality show called Spirit of The Wild, and has five published books. He has also appeared in many TV and radio talk shows, where he has said outrageous things garnering a lot of media attention. One thing is for certain: there is never a dull moment when Nugent is around! Right now, he is in the news for his support of Republican candidate Donald Trump, where he grabbed his crotch saying, “I’ve got your blue state right here! Black and blue,” at a rally in Michigan. Nugent himself has been a Republican all his life.
He’s a Member of the NRA
Since Nugent is in the limelight once again, the media is going over his life like a fine-toothed comb. Several controversies that Nugent has been involved in are raising their ugly heads yet again. Not that Nugent cares. He never has. Ted Nugent and controversy are a package deal. Nugent is a life-long member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and firmly believes that gun control is against the basic freedom of Americans. His latest anti-Semitic outburst (where he insinuated that Jewish people are the reason for gun control laws) has made him a target for those who support better gun regulations. This has resulted in gun owners and supporters of the NRA to call for his expulsion from the group.
Nugent’s Anti-Semitic Rant
Nugent has gone on Facebook and posted photos of prominent American Jews, claiming that these are the men and women “really behind gun control.” These people include senators, mayors, and even college professors. Nugent claims that “these punks deny us the basic human right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms while many of them have paid hired armed security.” His actions have been supported by several known anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi groups. Not a great way to win new friends!
Dodging the Draft
Another recently risen Nugent controversy is how the rock star avoided going to Vietnam during the war. Ted Nugent’s Vietnam tour did not take place because Nugent went to the recruitment center in such a filthy condition that they took one look at him and kicked him out! This was not done by accident. Nugent takes great pride in what he did and revealed it in a 1977 interview that, “I ceased cleansing my body. No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie … Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants.” Nugent admits that he conned the authorities and avoided going to war.
Living in Sin
The worst scandal that has re-emerged is the Ted Nugent adoption controversy. According to reports, back in 1978 when Nugent was 30 years old, he met a 17-year-old girl he wanted to live with. The problem was that she was underage and he could not legally marry her. So, what did he do? He convinced the girl’s parents to let him adopt her! They agreed, and he became the girl’s legal guardian. Two years after adopting and living with her, he wrote a song titled “Jailbait” which includes the lyrics, “Jailbait you look fine fine fine/I know I got to have you in a matter of time.” Kind of creepy…
All for Trump
Now, Nugent is supporting Donald Trump in the race for the White House. Nugent joined Trump at his rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on November 6 to voice his support. Nugent played a small set for the crowd, which included songs like “National Anthem,” “Fred Bear” and “Never Stop Believin’.” Nugent rooted heartily for Trump and denounced Clinton as being “no good for America.” Nugent says what he wants and does what he wants. Age has not slowed down his mind, nor his knack for saying the most inappropriate things. The man is still leading the life of a Motor City Madman.