DETROIT (WWJ) - You can add Ted Nugent to the list of musicians who are distancing themselves from Motown great Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida.
The Motor City Madman tore into Wonder’s boycott of Florida over that state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws during an interview with a Massachusetts radio station.
During an impassioned tirade, Nugent accused Wonder of focusing on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin while ignoring black-on-black violence.
“So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me? What is this, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’” Nugent said.
“How brain-dead do you have to be? How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin,” he continued.
Nugent said Wonder has gone from being one of the most soulful men in the world to “soulless.” He also called Wonder’s boycott “brain-dead.”
“I will pray for Stevie Wonder and all these other numb-nuts who think that Trayvon Martin is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks,” he said.
Wonder announced he would boycott Florida after Zimmerman was cleared of charges in the fatal shooting of Martin, an unarmed teen.
“I’m a human being, but for the gift that God has given me, and for whatever I mean, I decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said. “… Wherever I find that law exists I will not perform in that state …”
Multiple U.S. states have some form of a stand your ground law, which states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to exercise reasonably safe retreat options.
Madonna, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones are also distancing themselves from Wonder’s Florida boycott.