Ted Nugent (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Ted Nugent defends South African apartheid, using the n-word in newly resurfaced interview

"I'm a fun guy, not a sexist or racist," Nugent said after explaining why he uses the n-word so much


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Elias Isquith
March 27, 2014 1:45AM (UTC)

Ever since he caused a mini national media outcry over calling America's first African American president a "subhuman mongrel," NRA board member and former cock rock hero Ted Nugent has been laying pretty low, keeping his head down, and entertaining lucrative offers to not play music and to stay away.

But in a new report, Media Matters, the left-wing media watchdog and frequent Nugent antagonist, has unearthed a 1990 Detroit Free Press interview in which Nugent opines on apartheid in South Africa, using the n-word, and why he named his tour of Japan the "Jap Whack Tour." Amazingly, nearly every single one of these comments is even worse than his "subhuman mongrel" remark.

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So let's cut to the chase and get to the good stuff.

Ted Nugent on apartheid:

"[A]partheid isn't that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal."

Ted Nugent on black South Africans:

"The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I'm one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands. And when I kill an antelope for 'em, their preference is the gut pile. That's what they fucking want to eat, the intestines. These are different people. You give 'em toothpaste, they fucking eat it...I hope they don't become civilized. They're way ahead of the game."

Ted Nugent on using the n-word:

"I use the word nigger a lot because I hang around with a lot of niggers, and they use the word nigger, and I tend to use words that communicate...I don't mean to offend. I'm a fun guy, not a sexist or racist."

Ted Nugent on naming his tour the "Jap Whack Tour":

"I mean no disrespect. I'm sure the Japanese are wonderful folks."

You can check out the original article below, via Media Matters:

"Ted Nugent Grows Up?" The Detroit Free Press Magazine, July 15, 1990


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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