Dear Ted Nugent,
Freedom of speech is not a guarantee of an audience or a venue. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you get to force anyone to host or promote your appearance. In fact, it means they also have the freedom to boot your ass for being a vile racist.
Yes, Ted’s been booted again.
A Tacoma, Washington casino run by the Puyallup Native American Tribe announced Wednesday that it is canceling two scheduled concerts by 70s-rocker-turned-conservative-firebrand Ted Nugent.
Seattle’s Channel 5 reported that the Emerald Queen Casino canceled Nugent’s Aug. 2 and 3 shows, citing his history of “racist remarks.”
“The First Amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe said. “We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations.”
“I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say,” LaPointe clarified, “but we don’t need it here.”
The announcement came in the wake of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s decision to cancel Nugent’s Aug. 4 show at their casino in Worley, Idaho.