July 3, 2007, - 1:25 pm

The Hypocritical Summer of Ted Nugent


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Am I the only one who’s sick and tired of the hypocritical ventings and lecturings of Ted Nugent? Am I the only one who sees through this rocker-with-no-clothing? Are conservatives so desperate for a D-list celebrity that they will overlook all to embrace Ted Nugent? Apparently so.
Today’s Wall Street Journal features an op-ed piece by Nugent, who likes to refer to himself as “Uncle Ted.” The piece, “The Summer of Drugs,” is three columns of Nugent bloviation and braggadocio about how he never did drugs on the rock scene in the ’60s and ’70s (a point a lot of bigger name rockers who toured with him dispute) and what a great moral guy he is because he was not like the rest of the ’60s generation.

Ted Nugent: Portrait of a Hypocrite

All fiction, since Nugent–a Draft Dodger–divorced his wife, used his rock star money to gain sole custody of the kids, lived with a teen groupie who raised the kids (he was too busy touring), cheated on his second wife, Shemane, and had a kid outside of wedlock with Karen Gutowski of New Hampshire, with whom he fought against paying child support for years.

**** UPDATE, 02/17/09: That’s in addition to the two other kids Ted Nugent had out of wedlock with two other different women by the time he turned 21. That’s right. Ted Nugent fathered SEVEN kids with FIVE different women, to which only two of whom he was married. ****

It’s hilarious to read “Uncle Ted” Nugent moralizing to us in the Journal, including these passages, since he’s not exactly the ideal utterer of them:

Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco. . . .
A quick study of social statistics before and after the 1960s is quite telling. The rising rates of divorce, high school drop outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes, is dramatic. The “if it feels good, do it” lifestyle born of the 1960s has proved to be destructive and deadly.

I agree with all of these things, but can’t hear them coming from Ted Nugent. From him it sounds more like “The Nudge,” instead of another one of his favorite self-monikers, “The Nuge.” It’s too much Nugent saying, “Do as I say, not as I do,” especially since his battle to avoid paying for his illegitimate kid was just two years ago. (Everyone falls for his phony act, though, since Nugent was once named “Father of the Year,” by some ignorant group.)
And here’s how he got out of serving in Vietnam, where many of his fans died fighting. From a July 15, 1990 Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine profile:

And he is equally proud that the Michigan Legislature this year proclaimed him a “wholesome, traditional” man of “honesty, integrity, loyalty and patriotism.”

But Nugent wanted no part of Vietnam. He claims that 30 days before his draft board physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days, he ingested nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi; and a week before his physical, he stopped using bathrooms altogether, virtually living inside pants caked with his own excrement, stained by his urine.

That spectacle won Nugent a deferment, he says, although the Free Press was unable to verify his draft status.
“The men who went should be applauded, but if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed all the hippies in the foxholes . . . I would have killed everybody.” [DS: In other words, let them do the job for me, while I rock and lounge over here in safety. Whatever, Ted.]

WITH HIS WORRIES ABOUT THE draft out of the way — “I never heard from them again” — Nugent focused on his band.

And don’t forget this from the New York Post in 2004:

Courtney Love phoned into The Howard Stern Show on Monday (March 22) before eventually coming into the studio where she made the shocking allegation that one of the first times she had oral sex was with Ted Nugent. She said she was young and she didn’t want to say exactly how old she was, but eventually confessed she was 12-year-old – which would have made Nugent approximately 28 years old at the time. The New York Post attempted to contact Nugent for a response but was unsuccessful. Moderators at Nugent’s official forum deleted the only thread asking about the topic as evidenced by the forum’s search giving a file not found error for the matched thread. She added it was a long time ago and she didn’t even have breasts yet.

Ted Nugent also likes to call himself “the Motor City Madman” (he has a lot of bloated, self-important nicknames). But Ted Nugent moralizing to the rest of America as if he’s the opponent–instead of the embodiment–of ’60s morality doesn’t have a thing to do with the Motor City. It’s just plain Mad.

(Given all this, it’s notable that likes him so much and features him so much on his cable and radio show. Well, at least, I know this is one thing I’ve written that Vannity won’t be plagiarizing anytime soon.)

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97 Responses

Just days ago a large corporation let idiots post Ted Nugent posters of an upcoming “concert” (and I use the word concert loosely because it usually denotes music, something of which Nugent knows nothing about.) on a community bulletin board. Being ex USAF, a woman, an engineering in electronics I find it very tough to not to announce to everyone who went that Nugent is nothing but a foul mouthed brainless idiot and thanks to my selfless service to the military, I could knock a gnat off of his non-existent testicles. But I just shake my heads at the oxygen thieves of the world and know that I have faith in God and know that truly, he who lives by the scum, dies by the scum. He dodged the draft just like Bush, Limbaugh and the rest. I JOINED. I carry a set of brass ball bearings in my pocket just in case I have to show them to someone like Nugent, but then again why bother, he has none of his own so he has no reference point. Racist, communist, war monger, idiot. Hopefully I will not be the one on the EMT team who finds him bleeding in a ditch after he shot himself. I would not save him. I would like to think I would have more class than that, to rise above, but as my Air Force training taught me, sometimes no matter how hard you try to help someone, they are just not SALVAGABLE. Had I spoken about Reagan or either of the Bushs while serving in the military in the manner of which Nugent speaks of Obama, a man who has had the largest manure pile of a deficit dumped in his lap, I would still be serving time in Leavenworth. Shameful that we as human beings have not risen above stupidity. Pray, Nugent that a black man, gay woman, anti-gun supporter or a vegan is not the only person standing between your living and dying. Pray HARD. (OR DON’T YOU KNOW HOW?)

Col. Christine Johnson on July 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    USAF???? Why would you refer to your selfless service to the military? It’s the Air Force!!!

    SSG Christopher Priest on February 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Sergeant, let me educate you. For starts my class ring has an eagle on each side of the stone, so as to let you know I’m an authority on most things military. The US MIlitary refers to all branches, Army, Navy , USAF and the Marines and in time of war the USCG. Its all under the DoD. So, the good Colonel is Military. After all they use to be the USAAF.

      JimmyB on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    you forgot to mention Bill Clinton in your list of draft dodgers

    Bill frnklin on July 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      But Bill Clinton was SMART. Nugent can’t claim that. Those who were in college and doing very well there were able to stay in college because the country recognized we needed to have some people getting an education to carry on for the country in other ways.

      youmustbejoking on February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Who gives a shit about Ted Nugent, Great White Buffalo was an amazing jam when i was in Jr high school, Wand Dang Sweet Puntang was too. So F’n what, he’s no worse then Alex Baldwin, who is a full shit liberal asshole. He is not an asshoile because he is a liberal–he is just an asshole. I only pay attention to the truth and Hollywood stars famous peeps don’t give it.
    One thing i don’t get about Bush bashers like the Corporal (thanks for your service ma’am)- how come if Bush was that bad, and yea he was, why don’t you admit that Obama is FAR FAR worse, yes he is. Everyhting you said that was bad about Bush Obama has made even worse. Name one thing he has fixed? Nothing! Everything he has done since taking over is make Bush look not so bad. Not one of Obama’s policys have worked. Not one! Every negative statistic in the every area of country has grown larger under his watch. From Unemployment, to welfare rolls, to student drop outs to housing sales, to the deficit, to import export ratio, to percentage of our own oil we use, to military enlistings, to…. well everything has gotten worse not better, that’s how i judge a president, regardless of party, can he fix things? Make us better as a country? This president can’t fix shit, he seems to be intentionally hell bent on destroying our way of life!!

    Bill franklin on July 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      I think that is “Colonel”, not “Corporal”.

      youmustbejoking on February 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

This is the same guy that kills defenseless animals and LOVES it. He wants to kill but doesn’t want to be killed – all is well as long as he has the gun I guess. I haven’t heard any of his political crap because I typically don’t watch celebs making asses out of them selves when they need to just stick to what they do and shut up. I never had a problem with Ted Nugent’s music (before I knew about the hunting and draft issue) but it now seems I have a problem with his philosophy.

Rhonda on August 25, 2010 at 8:49 am

    What’s wrong if a guy wants to hunt, live off the land, and eat meat that he is willing to hunt for? God gave over animals for man to be over. Since the beginning of time, people have used animals in many ways: for labor saving work, food, clothing, tools, shelter, and who know what else. I’m no hunter, but if I knew how to gut a deer, I probably would hunt. There are limitations and huge fines for those who break rules. I would rather a person shoot a deer and eat it as to see one laying on the side of the road, dead, after a car/truck took it out and is rotting.

    Sooner on May 3, 2011 at 1:35 am

What’s even more interesting is what Cathy O’Brien has to say.As far as Ted goes…He had dna taken in N.H. and proved he wasn’t the father.The Draft ? Ted was deferred as he was enrolled in college,just like everyone else in that situation….However he is one Horny Bastard

S: Wrong. Ted IS the father of the kid in New Hampshire, which is why he’s been required to pay child support after fighting it for so long. Even he admits this, so why are you lying for him? When Nugent got his fraudulently obtained student deferment, he was touring and was NOT in school. He should be behind bars for that, but is, instead, a conservative hero (for no reason). The second time, he “failed” his physical b/c he didn’t take a shower for 30 days and went to bathroom in his pants, wearing the same clothes for a month. Wake up. He is a DRAFT DODGER. DS

Steve on October 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    what college would that be? well, we’re waiting.

    Harry A. Hole on June 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I think you’ve got a whole lot of your “facts” completely wrong. For starters, you believe anything that comes out of Courteny’s mouth? Another thing, that story about crapping his pants was totally made up. Totally. He was joking with a reporter/someone about how stupid reporters are and made up a story and, ironically, they printed that story. You’re a lawyer, why don’t you get the public records and see if that’s the reason he didn’t serve? As for the kids, I doubt your sources are anything more than heresay and possibly some money-seeking lawyered-up psycho fan claiming a kid was his. As for drugs/alcohol, I met his cousin Mike once and Mike said all the anti-drug anti-alcohol stuff is 100% true. But hey, if you heard Courteny Hole say something else, well, gee, a coked-up drugged-out whore’s word might be good enough for you, but it’s not good journalism. I say you’re slandering Ted.

MT: Wow, you are incredibly gullible . . . and a liar. You are the slanderer here. In fact, Nugent lied and got a fradulently obtained student deferment WHILE he was touring with his band, NOT in school. Then, later, he failed his draft physical because he, in fact, did everything he said he did to draft dodge and get out of it. He told the same story to several publications. Then, years later, he came up with this phony, “I was joking” story. Was he “joking” when he told the federal government he was going to school, and instead was touring with his band while his fellow Americans died in Vietnam? The woman who sued him for child support won and even he now admits it was HIS kid, you moron. Get a frickin’ clue. You wouldn’t know journalism and reporting if it pissed into your mouth. DS

Mark Thomas on November 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    sounds more like your the one spouting BS and hearsay. cousin mike was probably getting the drugs and skanks for him. if ted nugent isn’t on drugs, he should be.

    Harry A. Hole on June 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

A model Republican. Magnificent hypocracy, littering the world with his bastard children, pedophilic relationships, and like every other Republican, the louder they talk, the less sense they make. Draft dodging, bloviating buffoon. The next time he goes hunting I hope it’s in a filed full of Democrats in gilley suits.

Gman007 on September 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Ted acts, now, like he is a pro-gun activist?? Who remembers when he sided with Smith&Wesson when they betrayed the constitution and the people??
As far as Ted’s drug use; anyone that knows “any” thing about music knows that “Strangle Hold” was definitely drug inspired….. You can’t tell me he wasn’t high on, at least, Marijuana when he wrote that one….
I think hypocrite Ted does what makes him popular at any given time. If he is killing innocent wildlife for food is one thing, for sport is another…

Republican Thathatested on February 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm



yellowdoggranny on March 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Huh…after reading this article, he sounds like any other self-respecting republican I’ve ever known!

Randy Morrison on March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Am I the “only” one that remembers when Ted sided with Smith&Wesson during the “gun prohibition” attempt by Sarah Brady?? Remember; Smith&Wesson bailed on the public and decided they were only going to build guns for the government!! Ted still supports S&W..??
What is even more disturbing is; you can find only minute traces of this event on the web any more.. (They obviously had a “cleanup” campaign).. Ted says he supports NRA and is now a high ranking member.. I was on NRA’s honor roll until Ted started getting hypocritical attention from NRA.. I’m “Guns America” now!
He also stated that cops should be able to shoot you if you run from them… What if the cop is crooked, which we have about a 40% crooked ratio where I live.. I have always felt it was a human right to flee, from any injustice. (I’m not saying it is ok to run from police, but that I have been in a harassment situation before, where the cop was crooked) Freemason cops generally do for their brothers, if you don’t realize this, then you are naive..

nraalltheway on March 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

As a patriotic American I am for the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. I am also against reviving the military draft because it would be a violation of the 13th Amendment that prohibits involuntary servitude, except as punish for a crime.

Bringing back the draft would have slaves fighting for freedom. What an insult! I used to have a great admiration for Ted Nugent until I read his own book, TED, WHITE AND BLUE. I read from his own words, that he advocates having a mandatory two-year draft. What a hypocrite! If the younger Ted Nugent, who dodged the draft, had a time traveler give him a copy of this book written by his older self, how would the younger Ted Nugent react from reading what his future self wrote in the future?

To be sure, I have have sympathy for most young men who dodged the draft, fled to Canada, or went to prison, because they were against Vietnam War, unless in later years they were for bringing back the draft!

I turned 18 in 1974. Had I been born a few years earlier, and into a lower economic backround, I might have been drafted to fight in Vietnam.

Even though I am Jewish, military draft is why I still cannot condemn all WW2 German soldiers for the Nazi Holocaust, or even the many atrocites that the German Army itself committed.
Not all WW2 German soldiers where Hitler’s willing executioners or Nazis. The WW2 Wehrmacht also had a great many soldiers who were completely innocent draftees!

Ross on April 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I always knew Ted was a D- bag,..I just never knew the bag was so big.

Rubicon on April 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

Mr. Madman appears to be unhinged. He in my opinion is deranged & very dangerous. What a horrible angry person. He wants to kill anyone who doesn’t think like him. He makes his violence laden references with a wink & a nod. Shouldn’t he be in North Korea or China or Syria. Some place where they make that kind of thought official policy. He has absolutely no idea what it really means to be an American. He has the right to talk. Talk away. But keep an eye on him & his followers. He is whipping up the frenzy for some surrogate to act on his suggestions. Shoot the coyote, cut the heads off the dems in Nov. I get it. I thought that is what separates us from the terrorists. We don’t threaten people who believe differently with violence or death. Democracy doesn’t work that way. He wants another revolution. Isn’t that considered treason against the government? Oh I forgot I’m talking about Mr MC Madman who will say anything to be on TV or the radio.

My Opinion on April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Terrible Ted is a burnt out, corporate socialist piece of shit.

Dave on April 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I can’t stop laughing. People actually believe what Courtney Love says? What a crackhead she is, and I wouldn’t believe one word out of her mouth. She doesn’t even believe anything she says.

ybnrml on April 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

    So does this mean that the fact that self admitted pedophile MC Madman states out of his own mouth that he likes to sex up underage girls lead you to disbelieve whatever words spew from his hurling pie hole? Or are you just another craven and cowardly misogynist like Uncle Ted?

    RichieD on April 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

uncle “dead head”ted is a bloodthirsty puppet for the New world order.its time for you followers of his to wake up to this.this cretin,alon with other NRA thugs are but a tool of the NWO.their objective is two fold-lobby for wild.wild west gun “laws”that actually hurt the gun rights cause because more&more gun tragedies occur as a result.DEPOPULATION,thats key to the NWOs agenda.and that may lead to GUN CONFISCATION.and then the well all be at their mercy!i know this may sound crazy to some,but wait&see.and think about it.why does nuge hate obama so much when obamas policies are identical to bush’s&even more bellicose in some policies,and nuge WORSHIPS bush?and why has he endorsed known NWO stooge romney,who is pro NDAA,which has self defense limiting laws,and has been a known advocate of gun control,even saying in 04 that “people really dont need an asault rifle”?an odd union,i must say,from the looks of it!ron paul has a more lax gun law philosophy than romney.but ron paul is no neo-con,and nuge&romney are.birds of a feather!to all nuge fans&NRA members reading this.WAKE UP!your boy is leading you to slaughter!hes a traitor to us all.this bickering between lefties,moderates&righties is JUST what the NWO wants.divide&conquer.its time for us to stop all that &unite to fight the real enemy.they are winning&winning BIG and if we dont get our sh-t together soon,itll be all over for us.obama,romney,nuge,etc.are all in it together.its time WE got all in it together!

king willie on April 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    LOL! That’s the first time I’ve ever heard somebody implicate the NRA in their New World Order paranoia.

    Why would the guys in the black helicopters want citizens to be armed? I think your tinfoil hat is leaking.

    Eric on April 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

If I had to bet the rent, I’d bet it on a diagnosis of narcissistic personality. He is grandiose and believes that the rules that must apply to everyone else do not apply to him. I think he really believes the crap he spews about values and also believes he doesn’t have to adhere to those same values. I think the guy is mentally ill and rather pathetic. What scares me is not so much who he is, but the fact that so many people refuse to see him for what he is and look up to him.

Mary Benedict on April 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Ted “The Nut Job” Nugent, real name Theodore Anthony Nugent is a POS,.. always has been, always will be and if it was not for his career in ROCK & ROLL he would have just been another dead end POS big mouth IDIOT no would give a rats a$$ about,.. today he’s just a POS big mouth IDIOT with a platform to run his IGNORANT mouth from to his equally IGNORANT fans which just show how sad the Right Wing has become in this country, thankfully Theodore Anthony Nugent and his ilk are but a small minority that does not truly represent main stream American values but only the values of a hand full of IGNORANT malcontents that would let the Right tear America down and finish the job that G.W.Bush & Co. started.

ANTI-CON on April 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

And you choose to believe Courtney Love, because she’s more credible than he is…..


Eric on April 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

New petition to get Outdoor Channel to cancel Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild. They’re being irresponsible by promoting illegal hunting by paying Ted Nugent to poach animals on national tv.


Leilani Massa on May 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I really don’t give a $hit what he’s said or done. I spent eleven months in Viet Nam while that POS johnson (no capital, no respect) created a cult of inhuman Morons that won’t work and is draining this country. I agree with his hatred for obama (still another no capital)who has stirred up racism in this country worse than it has ever been. You ignorant libs better open your eyes because with that POS of a president that YOU have is going to create a HELL that you can’tive in. I won’t argue about it because I can see that you Dunbocrats have no sense of reasoning and are brainwashed. God help you!

John on May 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

First, Nugent admitted he tried to get out of the draft in a published interview in High Times in 1977,(so much for being anti-drug) Second even if he didn’t say it, there are some questions that need answers. He graduated High School in 1967, supposedly he attended Junior College in Michigan but any 2S deferment would have gone away in 1969 with the Draft Lottery. His birthday is 12/13, which meant his lottery number would have been 163, a certain to get called as the cut off was 195. So, how did he avoid getting called. Oh, my number was 264, I still went in. My question is this with all the decent patriotic Americans to choose from why does the GOP need this fake as a spokesperson? One last comment he recently pled guilty to a misdemeanor hunting violation and is banned from hunting in Alaska. He wounded a bear and instead of tracking it and dispatching it, he gave up and looked for another bear. He took the second bear and got caught because he talked about in on his hunting program. Hunters watching called USF&W. He was also hunting over bait which is forbidden under federal law.

JimmyB on August 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Interesting. The author claims to be conservative, but the article spouts nothing but pent-up liberal rage. Also quite interesting to note that nearly 100% of the comments are similarly liberal, whiny and self-rightious.

Some blog this turned out to be.

The Last Whig on August 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

Pent-up liberal rage?

That is how you respond to somebody writing something you don’t agree with? I read the erticle and noted the author backed up his assertions via attribution.

Carl T on November 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Um Ted, I compare you to Rush. Rush is just another junkie. And because you can play music, doesn’t make you any less of an idiot. No one cares Ted.

Bostongirl on November 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Being from the Midwest, we knew of Nugent when he was playing car shows with The Amboy Dukes. A very young and very talented Ted, at the bottom rungs of the rock ‘n’ roll fame ladder. His concerts kick ass, he puts on a hell of a show, and is on my list of top ten best guitar players.
However…there is no way, ever, ever, that he was drug-free back in those days. I know people who hung with him, even so far as to be invited to his ranch in Michigan, and they did
plenty o’ drugs. Some of these people are no longer on this earth as a result.
In Ted’s defense though, I’m sure he’s been clean & sober and gettin’ high on nature for quite some time, and his drug days are long gone.

Adella Delmarco on November 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

“But Nugent wanted no part of Vietnam. He claims that 30 days before his draft board physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days, he ingested nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi; and a week before his physical, he stopped using bathrooms altogether, virtually living inside pants caked with his own excrement, stained by his urine.”

Could he be a sociopath?

Jaws on January 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

I couldn’t agree more …That he is a self righteous hypocrite.

don guilloz on July 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

Just Google “TED NUGENT UNDERAGE” and see what comes up. He admitted in past articles he’s a pedophile.


Sex Offender Issues on July 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

More liberal bullshit

Mark on August 31, 2013 at 12:35 am

Debbie hits it out of the park! Nugent is a hypocritical scumbag not just because he dodged the draft, but because he now demeans the service of the Vets by pretending he did serve, by pretending like he’s even close to 1/2 the man or patriot that the real Vietnam Vets were. Ted COULD donate every penny he’s made pretending like he’s a war hero to the VA, to people who served in his place, but no. Apparently that’s not who Ted Nugent is. That alone says everything to me.

Jeff Muenster on January 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I don’t know where you started calling yourself. But since your Houston show in Texas I’ve called you Uncle Ted since 79-80….is that the earliest you’ve heard that??? I’m curious because I’ve never heard it before then. I hope I could take credit for that tagline .. it would be my honor. . I’ve lived in Texas for #30 + years…always the hero fo me for how you live. Your beliefs are
Inspiring for your hero help of the military. . God bless Uncle Ted !! Fan alwAys. ..
Scott Tate 51 yrs…please respond !!!

Scott Tate on February 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

Hey lady, FUCK YOU

Bob on May 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

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