Everyone's favorite racist uncle, Ted Nugent, is back to whining about not being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, blaming liberals and leftists for his lack of consideration, and not because, with the exception of Damn Yankee's "High Enough," he's a mediocre musician at best. ("Cat Scratch Fever" sucks. There, I said it.)
According to Ultimate Classic Rock
, he claimed: "there was no human being alive who didn’t think he should receive the honor."
As a human being who is very much alive, I will personally call his claim bullshit.
Nugent has been eligible for inductions since 2000 but said last year that "political correctness"
was the reason for the continued snub, which I'll also call bullshit on because the Confederate flag-clad Lynyrd Skynyrd
was inducted in 2006. Ol' Uncle Ted also thinks that his membership in the NRA is responsible for his "snub," and claimed in 2011
that his exclusion is an “embarrassing denial of historical and current truth and evidence.”
Back at it again, Nugent recently spoke in an interview with My Global Mind
, making some pretty bold and self-congratulatory claims about not being considered for induction, yet again:
First things first, Ted Nugent can take several seats trying to come for Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith and
ABBA. There are countless artists who to this day can cite those acts as inspirations but with the exception of maybe Kid Rock, no one making music today that's worth their salt aspires to be like Ted Nugent.
He went on to refer to his lack of consideration as "sacrilege" and "disrespectful and cruel" to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard and all of the other founding fathers in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Maybe it's just me, but maybe his being pro-politics that discount the communities where artists like Chuck Berry
grew up is more disrespectful and cruel than Ted Nugent not being inducted into the Rock Hall.
The levels of pure ego-inflation is
definitely of a "Trump" caliber, and for someone who seems to care so much
about being inducted, he sure is trying to act like he's better than the Rock Hall.
Two-time Rock Hall inductee, David Crosby, (of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash) called out Nugent's whining, saying
that he is “not good enough” to receive the honor.
When someone who has contributed to five of Rolling Stone's 500 'Greatest Albums of All Time,' says you're not good enough ... you're probably not good enough.
The nominees for the 2019 class are Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, the Zombies and Todd Rundgren, all musical acts that have contributed more to rock and roll than the guy who was accused by his bandmates
of taking sole writing credits on songs as a way to not pay his band royalties.
Sorry, Uncle Ted. The Rock & Roll Hall is an honor, not your personal safe space.
Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Cleveland Scene