The truth hurts: Ted Nugent comes to grips with his mediocrity and offensiveness

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent claims his involvement in the National Rifle Association has kept him from his industry’s biggest honor. “That’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock And Roll Of Fame,” Nugent declared in an interview with Albany radio station Q103 last week. But one person who knows a little about what it takes to get into the Hall of Fame says there’s another reason Nugent isn’t a member.

I’ve written a lot about Ted Nugent in the past, so I feel as if I have at least a little bit of insight into why some might think him unfit to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would be easy and simple to agree with Crosby’s assessment (which I largely do), but I think there’s much more to his exclusion…if that’s even what it can be called.

When you compare Nugent’s body of musical work to others already in the Hall, does it really hold up? Not that he isn’t a talented musician…but that talent and $1.75 will barely get you a latte at your neighborhood Starbucks. I’m by no means an aficionado of his musical stylings; I have difficulty seeing “Cat Scratch Fever” or “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” as evidence of a seminal contribution to rock and roll. Is Nugent just not good enough, as Crosby contends…or is there something more sinister afoot? Given Nugent’s tendency toward being a very public asshole, racist, and misogynist, who’d want to belong to a club he’s been granted membership in?

That’s not political correctness, that’s merely ostracizing someone who’s made a career out of being an asshole. Where I come from, that’s know as “karma”…and it can be a real bitch.

Instead of whining about not being granted membership in a club he has no cause for claiming to be worthy of, he might want to take a good, long look at himself. He should ask himself why he’s not being elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’d be well-served by engaging in some honest self-assessment.

Then again, it’s always easier to blame others for a problem largely of your own creation. Yes, karma can be an unpleasant reminder that you’re not nearly as good or as well-liked as you believe yourself to be.

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