On Monday, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe decided to cancel a scheduled performance by rocker Ted Nugent at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Casino, citing his history of racist remarks.
Now Nugent has shot back at those are calling on venues to cancel his gig at the upcoming Waterfest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
"I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy," he told Gannett Wisconsin Media. "Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth."
He added that, "By all indicators, I don't think [those who object to him performing] actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people."
A writer at the website AddictingInfo.org points out the obvious irony in Nugent's tone and choice of words: "To be blunt, it sounds like Nugent is talking about himself."
Natives and others offended by Nugent's comments have taken to the rocker's Facebook page and are giving him an earful:
"I'm Native American. I listened to your music in high school. I've seen you in concert many times. My son, who was five at the time, and I met you at the Traditional Bowhunters Show twelve years ago in Kalamazoo, MI. You bent down to talk to him and gave him a pick. I am very offended and am so disappointed in you — I'm one of those 'unclean varmin' you spoke of. I will no longer attend your shows, or listen to your music. I'm sure my son, who is now 17, will be disappointed in you as well since you've been an influence when it comes to playing guitar and hunting."
"If this page is something that Mr. Ted Nugent can read, I would say to your face that if all of the stupid quotes attributed to you actually came from your mouth, that it should be stapled shut. Children don't need another example of how ignorant, hateful, vain, and reprehensible adult citizens of this country can be…play your music, but leave out your half-baked commentary."
"Ted should just play guitar and sing. Leave his personal political views to himself. He also needs to remove that tacky, cheap warbonnet replica that he wears during his shows. The warbonnet is a very spiritual part of our culture where the privilege to wear it is earned. It is offensive when a person outside of our culture wears one … disrespects it. Our culture is not a costume."