Ted Nugent concert creates controversy

2014-08-06T23:00:00Z Ted Nugent concert creates controversyScott Feldman Journal staff Rapid City Journal
August 06, 2014 11:00 pm  • 

A local activist organization planned to protest outside the Full Throttle Saloon last night after the saloon refused to drop controversial rocker Ted Nugent from its rally performance line-up.

James Swan, founder of the United Urban Warrior Society in Rapid City, is one of several Native American activists who called on the saloon to dump Nugent over comments the rock legend has made that they say are derogatory toward Native Americans.

Swan vowed to protest outside of the saloon, at 12997 South Dakota Highway 34, during Nugent's show on Wednesday night. Messages left with the Full Throttle Saloon seeking comment were not returned Wednesday.

Swan said Nugent is a bigot whose antics are disrespectful toward Native Americans and all minorities. 

"We've spent two weeks campaigning, trying to get the saloon to cancel the show," he said.

Nugent has referred to Native Americans as "unclean vermin," Swan said. Previous protests have led to shows cancellations, according to media reports.

Even Nugent's choice of attire during concerts shows his disdain for culture other than his own, Swan said.

"The fact that he wears a Native headdress during his shows is very disrespectful," he said. "It's something you earn in our culture, and it has meaning behind it."

Contact Scott Feldman at 394-8337 or scott.feldman@rapidcityjournal.com

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