Cop Union Tells Nugent No Thanks
His presence at an upcoming rally brought too much negative attention
Across the country Back the Blue rallies are popping up to counter the tens of thousands, if not millions, of people who are marching against police brutality through Black Lives Matter. In these divided times, the much smaller Back the Blue rallies, which are made up mostly of families of law enforcement professionals, provide an opportunity for the law and order community to show their love for police forces.
In the New York City suburb of Long Island, one such rally is scheduled for this Saturday and it was going to feature controversial rocker, Ted Nugent. The conservative rocker has a long history of saying and doing stupid racist stuff, including saying apartheid isn't that cut-and-dry, all men are not created equal, black South Africans are a different breed of man who still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands. Nugent has called a Latino commentator a “beanochimp,” called the Parkland activists "mushy brained children", and posted on his Facebook page that Jews are “really behind gun control” and that they “really hate freedom.”
Facing backlash and following criticism from activists and local politicians, the Suffolk PBA decided to uninvite Nugent who was scheduled to play the National Anthem. Below is a statement on what led to their decision.
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association President Noel DiGerolamo has released the following statement with regard to a “back the blue” rally hosted by the host organization. Ted Nugent was scheduled to perform the national anthem however, organizers are now reporting he will not due to concern over controversial statements he has made in the past.
“We understand there is concern about Mr. Ted Nugent singing the national anthem at this event. The Suffolk County PBA was invited as a guest to show our support for law enforcement. Mr. Nugent's views are not representative of our organization and we certainly do not condone his many distasteful public comments. We have since been advised Mr. Nugent will no longer be performing.
“Instead of engaging in productive discussion about the violence, lawlessness, and outright anarchy faced by law enforcement in recent weeks, political opportunists have used Ted Nugent’s appearance to distract from the real issue of the war on police. In solidarity, members of the Suffolk County PBA will rally alongside our brothers and sisters in blue this weekend to stand up for law enforcement,” said Noel DiGerolamo.