Few things in this world amuse me more than someone getting upset because their own words are being used against them. And I don’t mean when their words are taken out of context to distort what they meant to say – that’s a whole other issue. What I’m talking about is when someone gets upset because the context of what they said, and their exact words they used. are used against them.
You’ve seen Sarah Palin use this argument a lot. She’s always claiming the “media is out to get her,” when pretty much all any of us do is quote her verbatim and proceed to laugh. When covering Palin, there’s really no need to exaggerate what she says or does to make her seem absurd or delusional. She does that perfectly all by herself.
Well, you can add Palin’s good buddy Ted Nugent to the list of people who don’t like when their own words are used against them. During an interview with Newsmax, Nugent went on to whine about the “punks” on the Internet who continually call him a pedophile and draft dodger when he claims he’s neither.
“And they literally will put quotes around words that never came out of my mouth,” Nugent said.
“Before we kicked her ass royal (referring to Wendy Davis),” he continued, “her entire campaign was attacking and lying about me, calling me a draft dodger. I’m not. Calling me a racist. I’m not. Calling me a pedophile, Ed. I’m not.”
Here are Nugent’s exact words during a 1998 VH1 interview:
I was addicted to girls. It was hopeless. It was beautiful. I got the stamp of approval of their parents. I guess they figured better Ted Nugent than some drug-infested punk in high school.
And let’s not forget he became the legal guardian of a 17-year-old girl while he was in his 30’s just so their relationship would be legal, and he performed a song titled Jailbait about one who was thirteen.
That’s not me putting words into his mouth, those are his own words. Tell me, why would a grown man have to get the approval of these girls’ (who were apparently dating high school-aged boys) parents if they were over the age of 18? Why did he have to become the legal guardian of a 17-year-old when he was in his 30’s?
These are questions I once tried to ask him – before he embarrassed himself, then ultimately blocked me because I asked him to answer for his own words.
Then there’s the draft dodging. Again, the only thing that all of us “punks” have done is we’ve simply taken an interview he did in 1977 with High Times magazine where he went into great detail about what disgusting and incredible lengths he went to in order to avoid serving in Vietnam. Details which included wallowing in his own feces, not bathing for weeks and doing drugs just before his military exam.
Nugent claims he wasn’t being serious in that interview, even though records show that in 1971 he was classified as a 4-F which means he wasn’t “qualified for military service.”
Then there’s always the racism. Again, simply using his own words, he’s used a slanderous term used by Nazis to refer to President Obama and has often shown an open disdain for African-Americans.
It’s absolutely comical that Nugent would whine about how “Internet punks” are putting words into his mouth when all individuals like myself have done is taken his exact words and used those against him. I have no reason to lie about Nugent. Hell, I’ve even defended him against several liberal sites that published blatantly false stories about him because the truth about him is bad enough that we shouldn’t have to lie to make him look bad. He does that just fine all on his own.
People like myself didn’t make up these quotes about him – we didn’t have to. All we had to do was find various interviews he’s given over the years and quote him verbatim. And if he doesn’t like the fact that people have done that, well, too damn bad.
Watch the interview via Newsmax: