DETROIT – Ted Nugent lashed out Thursday against news media portrayals of him as racist for his recent remarks about the Trayvon Martin case.
The Detroit-born rocker turned the tables, decrying the “racist slant of the media” in reporting on his comments criticizing Martin and bashing Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida.
“I don’t think you’ll find another person where the term ‘racist’ — that vicious, hateful term — is leveled at a guy that has probably done more to promote black artists, specifically, than pretty much anybody this side of (Atlantic Records founder) Ahmet Ertegun,” Nugent told the Detroit Free Press.
The outspoken guitarist found himself back in the headlines after a Tuesday appearance on Nick Cannon’s podcast, in which Nugent described Martin as a “gangsta wannabe.” He also discussed criminal profiling: “If a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black-and-white dog.”
On Wednesday, he told a Boston radio station that Wonder was “brain-dead” for boycotting Florida over its stand-your-ground law. Nugent contends his comments were unfairly portrayed as a personal attack on Wonder.
The guitarist said he not only respects but genuinely reveres “Stevie Wonder’s enrichment to society and my life personally. I have nothing but reverence for the great man. … I just think it’s hypocritical, it’s dishonest, because you can’t boycott places that believe in self-defense.”
Nugent grew up on Detroit’s west side and splits his time these days between Texas and Michigan. He had some pointed words about Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, which he called the inevitable result of “an intentionally engineered suicide course” underway since the 1960s.
‘Potter’ actor prepares for gangster role
LONDON – Rupert Grint is following his “Harry Potter” co-star Daniel Radcliffe onto the stage.
Producers announced Friday that Grint, who was ginger-haired wizard Ron Weasley in the Potter films, will play a pill-popping gangster in a West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s “Mojo” later this year.
Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and “Downton Abbey” star Brendan Coyle are also in the cast of Butterworth’s savagely funny drama about London’s 1950s’ underworld.
Radcliffe is currently starring in “The Cripple of Inishmaan” in London.
– From news services reports