Ted Nugent hasn't been shy about voicing his political opinions in public. The '70s and '80s rocker, who has released 34 albums, has called President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel
" and vociferously brayed, in his capacity as a board member of the National Rifle Association, against any politician who so much as hints that guns might be a contributing factor in the ongoing problem of U.S. gun violence. In short, Ted Nugent is loud.
That's why it's a little surprising that the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council weren't at least passingly familiar with Nugent's histrionics when they booked the camo-clad rocker for an Aug. 4 performance at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. When the council was appraised of Nugent's outspoken beliefs, however, they axed his appearance in a July 21 Facebook post
, which outlined the casino's thinking in booking Nugent, then backing out.
"Unfortunately, when we booked [Nugent], we were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock 'n roller who we thought folks might enjoy," wrote Coeur d'Alene Casino Executive Director of Marketing Laura Stensgar.
That perspective faded quickly as it became evident that on top of being a rock star, Nugent has also made his fair share of inflammatory statements in public—statements the Coeur d'Alene Tribe wasn't going to tolerate from a performer at its casino.
"We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses," Stensgar wrote.
Ticket holders to the event are being asked to contact the casino for refunds, either by Facebook private message or at 1-800-523-2464.