The Emerald Queen Casino & Hotel. Photo from Puyallup Tribe.
The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has canceled two upcoming Ted Nugent concerts at its casino. The controversial rocker was due to play the Emerald Queen Casino. on August 2 and August 3. But tribal leaders decided they were tired of his "racist comments," a spokesperson said.
Ted Nugent on stage in a headdress. Photo from Facebook
"The tribe, which has lived with racism for decades if not several hundreds of years, was sensitive to this and decided the casino was not a proper venue for his views," spokesperson John Weymer told The Tacoma News-Tribune. The decision marks the second time Nugent has been ousted from Indian Country. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, which was recently the target of a hate message, canceled a show at its casino -- he was due to play there right after Puyallup.
Ted Nugent and a white bison. Photo from Facebook
Nugent has frequently worn "headdresses" on stage and has repeatedly claimed solidarity with the first Americans. But he has made racist and threatening comments about President Barack Obama and has accused Native activists who are battling racist mascots of focusing on the "wrong things." During an interview on Radio.Com, Nugent said he was not a racist. He said he wrote his song “Great White Buffalo” about the mistreatment of Native people. Get the Story:
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