A Tacoma, Washington casino run by the Puyallup Native American Tribe announced Wednesday that it is canceling two scheduled concerts by 70s-rocker-turned-conservative-firebrand Ted Nugent.
Seattle's Channel 5 reported that the Emerald Queen Casino canceled Nugent's Aug. 2 and 3 shows, citing his history of "racist remarks."
"The First Amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here," Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe said. "We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations."
"I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say," LaPointe clarified, "but we don’t need it here."
The announcement came in the wake of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's decision to cancel Nugent's Aug. 4 show at their casino in Worley, Idaho.
“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity," said a statement from the tribe.
A spokesperson for the casino said that the company didn't want to provide a platform for the "racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”
Nugent responded to the cancelation by calling the Coeur d'Alene Tribe "unclean vermin."
“By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people,” he continued. “I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is Job One for every American. I am simply doing my job.”
“(R)acism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late 60s,” Nugent told Jones. “Nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American’s dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers.”