I’ve read several comments by people who simply say, “Who cares what Ted Nugent says, he’s an idiot!” whenever I write an article about him. Which has been fairly often here lately since he’s been actively campaigning with the man who wants to be the next governor of Texas. When a prominent gubernatorial candidate is campaigning with a man who has a self-admitted fondness for young, underaged girls and uses Nazi slurs toward President Obama, that is news.
Now Teddy is making a fool out of himself once again, claiming that Obama supporters attacking him for using the “subhuman mongrel” slur are hypocrites because Obama referred to himself as a mongrel during an interview with The View.
It’s true that Obama did use the term “mongrel” during an interview with The View.
Except it was used in a completely different context than the way Nugent used it.
President Obama and Barbara Walters were discussing his race, and how he’s dealt with being biracial growing up. Obama said:
“Well you know, when I was young, and going through the identity crises that any teenager goes through — I wrote a whole book about this — part of what I realized was that if the world saw me as African-American, then that wasn’t something I needed to run away from, that’s something that I could go ahead and embrace. And the interesting thing about the African-American experience in this country is that we are sort of a mongrel people. I mean, we’re all kind of mixed up. That’s actually true for white America as well, but we just know more about it. And so, I’m less interested in how we label ourselves, and more interested in how we treat each other. And if we’re treating each other right, then I can be African-American, I can be multi-racial, I can be, you name it, what matters is, am I showing people respect, am I caring for other people, that’s I think the message we want to send.”
Now let’s look at the definition of mongrel:
Mongrel: an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains.
In other words, someone with a diverse and mixed background. What Obama was alluding to with his use of the word “mongrel” is that as Americans we are all mixed in our heritage. You know, how it’s defined.
Nugent seems unaware that words can change their meaning based on the context.
Take the word “gay” for instance. If I went out and said to someone, “I have a gay friend.” That’s not offensive. But if I go up to a homosexual and refer to them as “a gay” that could be taken as derogatory.
Using the term “mongrel” in its proper context isn’t offensive. Pairing it with “subhuman” (which then makes it a commonly used Nazi term) is offensive. Especially when it was included with this lovely rant:
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”
You know, I’d love for just one reporter to ask Ted Nugent what freedoms has he lost since Obama became president. Just have a pen and a piece of paper ready, slide it over to him, then have him list five freedoms he no longer has due to policies passed under President Obama.
Man, I bet watching that reaction would be priceless.
But Nugent trying to pivot this controversy toward the president because Obama used the term “mongrel” properly in a statement almost four years ago is simply pathetic.
Ted Nugent is an absolute clown, and I love the fact that he’s quickly becoming one of the first faces people think of when they mention the Republican party.
Because the more people like Nugent continue to make headlines for their right-wing idiocy, the deeper the hole the Republican party digs itself into.
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