Washed up rocker and freelance waste of oxygen Ted Nugent went on the record and said some really, really disturbing things about the young survivors of the worst mass school shooting in American history, insisting that they're under the influence of (that conservative extremist trope) a "soulless" liberal-intellectual oligarchy. He also airs his opinions about the student protests--but of course stays quiet about the constitutional right to protest.
Nugent has already said pointlessly offensive things whenever he needs attention but this is a remarkable and teachable moment. Nugent even flirts with making an ableist slur and desperately tries to reduce a collective global reaction of horror to the machinations of "poor, mushy-brained children".
As the tide of 90s nostalgia begins to drift back to the shores of our collective conscience, Americans are prompted to reflect on the 2 decades since horror was unleashed upon Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. What was thought to be a (hopefully) passing trend has claimed hundreds of lives and come to dominate American discourse.
It's always remarkable to hear a privileged voice such as Nugent's making such insensitive, disgusting, and malicious remarks, and about children that have literally survived an attack on their lives. All the same, as an American, I believe that he reflects a dying, desperate voice in America, and is a remnant of the paranoia and dysfunction in our country's cultural DNA pool.ONTD, how do you manage your stress? Me: A combination of good sleep, regular exercise, cannabis, and art therapy.Source