US Army to Ted Nugent: Your Gig Is Canceled!
Fort Knox cites rocker's inflammatory criticism of President Obama
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2012 3:24 PM CDT
In this May 19, 2006 file photo, Ted Nugent performs during the opening ceremony of the National Rifle Association annual convention in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

(Newser) – Even the US Army is taking exception to Ted Nugent's violent political rhetoric. Citing his recent criticism of President Obama, the Army has canceled his June 23 gig at Fort Knox, Kentucky. “After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation," according to a post on the Army's Facebook page. Ticket holders now get to see REO Speedwagon and Styx, although cancelations are being accepted.

A Fort Knox spokesman said that allowing Nugent to perform "would be a conflict of interest since the military has the obligation to be apolitical." But The Hollywood Reporter reminds us that Fort Knox is promoting an upcoming show by comedian Jay Phillips, who supports Obama on Twitter, and has let Ludracris play despite his pro-Obama song "Politics as Usual" (and his dismissal of Hillary Clinton in 2008 as a "bitch" who is "irrelevant"). Fort Knox did not return calls or emails about the apparent discrepancy. Hat tip to MSNBC for the story.

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Apr 23, 2012 10:28 AM CDT
Just who are the US Army taking sides with ? The American people or Obama ? Obama has did a lot of harm to this country and people have a right to be upset with what he has done and is doing now! Those that think people are taking it too far are lost! and do not know everything that is going on with Obama and his administration.It really is bad! Ted should be welcomed and supported as a American defender and someone who has the guts to stand up for a country that the US Army is suppose to be fighting for! its not Obama they are fighting for! its the American people! this is an insult to all Americans that they would treat him this way for speaking up for Americans and this country.A real shame! I mean he was trying to do them a favor to sing and bring his music to them.And this is how he gets treated! What has the US Army become any way? Maybe they are not for Americans and America as we thought they were.Sure makes you think.
Apr 23, 2012 9:35 AM CDT
I'd say the majority of posters are liberal leaning folks that never served a day in the military. This is a "touchy feely" group that loves "free speech" as long it's their speech. ;)
Apr 23, 2012 7:05 AM CDT
NRA Vets take note. Your leadership questionable.