KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho-- The Emerald Queen Casino in Western Washington has now joined the ranks of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe as they plan to cancel an upcoming Ted Nugent concert.
The Emerald Queen Casion will cancel two Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer.
Puyallup Tribe officials said the decision came after learning that Nugent has said racist remarks.The tribal council said they also received threats from community members wanting the casino to cancel his shows.
The cancellation comes days after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancelled Nugent’s August 4 shows at its Idaho casino because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused "racist attitudes and views." The tribe did not detail which of Nugent's specific views it opposes.
Nuget performs Saturday in Wisconsin despite the recent Northwest cancellations. Earlier in the week he had a few words for critics calling for Waterfest organizers to cancel his Wisconsin show.
"I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy," Nugent said in a recent interview with Gannett Wisconsin Media. "Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway."
The outspoken rocker took some time to respond to a few questions via email while on the SHUTUP & JAM! tour. He said he's always had critics.
"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," Nugent said.
Nugent in the past has referred to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." Nugent later apologized "for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel." But he maintained that Obama was a "liar" violating the Constitution.
Nugent defended himself on Tuesday on Radio.com, saying he is not a racist. Nugent says his music has been influenced by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, he has paid tribute to Martin Luther King in his songs, and that lyrics in his song “Great White Buffalo” is not racist toward Native Americans.
Nugent also says he’s the target of an “army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent." Here’s an excerpt from that interview:
“I am so good at advancing the most politically incorrect policies in the world,” the rocker told Radio.com. “I have been involved in upgrading our Second Amendment rights in all 50 states, so we the people can in fact keep and bear arms…the left hates that. The liberal democrats and the Huffington Post and the Saul Alinsky gang, they hate that I’m so effective. I have expanded and increased hunting opportunities all across the globe. So I am able to, dare I say, perfectly articulate my case — they are not."