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There was a protest of last night's Ted Nugent concert: "You still wanna go see poopy pants?"

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Courtney Harrell
"Ted Nugent + poopy pants = unclean vermin," read one sign at yesterday's protest at the Gothic Theatre. It was one of about thirty signs circling the sidewalk in the rain to pressure the Gothic to cancel Nugent's show because of the latter's racist comments, particularly those against Native Americans. The sign was the clear crowd favorite -- one of the only ones that actually got attention from the people standing in line for the concert -- though it probably wasn't the kind of attention the protesters were hoping for.

"You still wanna go see poopy pants?" one dad asked his teenage son. They both burst out in derisive giggles.

The signs didn't exactly have Nugent's middle-aged fans shaking in their boots (well, Velcro tennies). But those in line did see the signs, and the protesters say that's the point. They were there to show Nugent and his listeners that racism -- especially the kind that calls people "vermin" and "subhuman mongrels" -- is unacceptable.

Nugent earned the "poopy" nickname by supposedly shitting his pants to dodge the Vietnam War draft. The protesters might not care about that if Nugent didn't also wear a Native American headdress during his performances. "Only war veterans and those who have done something honorable get to wear the sacred headdress," said one protester, a member of the indigenous-rights group Idle No More. "We won't let someone with poopy pants turn our sacred symbol into a symbol of hate."

Joining Idle No More on the sidewalk were representatives of the Navajo nation, members of the Latino group Barrio Warriors, members of the American Indian Movement, activists from the LGBQT community, and some twenty-somethings who stumbled into the circle on their way down the street and couldn't figure out how to get out. Together, everyone marched to the beat of activist Reddog Rudy's drum and chanted, "Nugent, Nugent, you can't hide. We all know you're on the racist side."

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Courtney Harrell

It might have been the rain that kept the other 138 people who RSVP'ed to the protest on Facebook from coming, but there really wouldn't have been room for them anyway. As it was, the group of about forty had to carefully maneuver their signs and umbrellas as they circled the tiny stretch of concrete to keep from (accidentally) hitting the concert-goers standing just three feet away. Instead, the protesters hit the entering crowd with cries of "You're supporting racism!" and "Shame on you."

To be fair, if there's a nice way to call someone a racism-supporter, this group found it. Somehow, after an hour of constant circling, drumming and Nugent-chanting, everyone on both sides of the sidewalk seemed to be on good terms.

The show didn't get canceled. The concert attendees didn't suddenly join the chanting (the cowboy-hat-and-sweats-wearing demographic is a hard one to move). But by 7 p.m., an hour after they began, the protesters called it quits with as many smiles and cheers as can be expected at a protest in the rain. The police didn't shut them down; a conflict didn't break the ranks. The protesters just decided that they had made their point.

"We said what we needed to say," said Reddog Rudy.

And with that, they huddled for a group picture, shook hands, and walked past the Nugent fans to carpool home.

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Courtney Harrell

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

It's cute how the KKKonservacult supports anyone, no matter how deviant, if they spew cult propaganda like feces pedophile draft dodger boy.  I guess thats what makes the cult a cult.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

I'm sure you thought Teletubbies were "awesome" as well, considering both that and Teddy here both appeal to the lowest common denominator of society.

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Well good for you, I now see why many people in colorado have strapped on automatic, and semi automatic weapons, and wasted people with complete disregard, congrats. I can see why it WILL KEEP HAPPENING, too. You all must be so proud of yourselves. Be careful though, you never know where the next Erik and Dylan are coming from. I am guessing they are products of "being different" in whitebread ass Colorado. Congrats Colorado parents, keep that "hate what you dont like or understand", policy. It will prolly have your children in an early grave, school shooting style.

Michael Price
Michael Price

I grew up in northern Michigan and know him quite well. He makes himself known. He's an admitted draft dodger who shit his pants and didn't bathe for a month. He married an under aged girl so it would be legal to have sex with her because he is a sex addict. He threw up high fences on his 12 acre property to go "hunting" on. How ethical a hunter. I can see why he earns the respect of of the low IQ or backwoods individual though. Have at it.

Michael Price
Michael Price

Calling native Americans a bunch of "unclean vermin" and saying that blacks would be better off if they'd just work more and act more like white people is just one tip of the Ted being an asshole iceberg. I won't tolerate someone who spews intolerance from his bigoted mouth at every turn. Grow up Garret

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

He'll never be a president. He shit his pants to dodge the draft, and he slept with at least one underage girl. WAY too many controversies in this guys back pocket.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Yes, he did. And he publicly admitted to having done it. No Native American giver shit themselves to avoid going to war!

Paul N Joni Campos
Paul N Joni Campos

Get a life! I know his politics are for monkeys who eat their own shit, but come on!

Cynthia Orr
Cynthia Orr

Seriously? He crapped himself to avoid the draft!

Starkiller Fischer
Starkiller Fischer

Actually Ted never said this...he is actually quite a good friend to native americans...listen to "great white buffalo" and ask yourself if Ted is racist to native americans

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Here ya go, ya mouth breather, read much... JUST A QUICK REMINDER FOR MY TRUTH ADDICTED FRIENDS & the pathetic English101 challenged chimps out there. Truth is such a beautiful thang!! From chimp-I am writing to you in regards to the picture of Ted nugent, wearing the aboriginal head dress. I would appreciate if you would please take down the photo of Ted wearing the aboriginal head dress with a bow n arrow and gun in his hands …I find this very disrespectful and insulting to my cultural back round. I feel with Ted recent out burst of racism and the picture I stated with the head dress, that he is trying to convey aboriginals as he quoted " unclean vermin". I will not stand for this kind of blatant racism… Greetings from Tedquarters. Mr. Nugent has a long history of working with a wide variety of Native American Tribes across our great country. He has been an honored guest at many tribal meetings, has worked with Native American youth, and was honored and humbled to be inducted into the Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. Mr. Nugent served as the Keynote Speaker for Native American Fish & Wildlife Society National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as for The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Michigan, and we were proud to host Native American Dancers from the Grand Traverse Band as our special guests for a performance before a crowd of 15,000 in Detroit. Ted was asked by tribal elders in Nebraska to instruct their youth in current methodologies of shooting with bow and arrow, which he cited as one of the most rewarding experiences in his lifelong career as an outdoorsman and hunter. One of Ted's most revered songs, Great White Buffalo, disparages the greed of the white man and sends a message of hope for Native Americans who revere Mother Earth and our natural renewable resources. Mr. Nugent wears the headdress as a sign of reverence, and deep respect for the Native American culture and traditions. So no, we will not be taking the photos down. Best regards, Linda Peterson Assistant to Mr. Nugent

David Z. DazerLave
David Z. DazerLave

"the cowboy-hat-and-sweats-wearing demographic is a hard one to move" ... Brilliant!!!!

Trevor Beack
Trevor Beack

Ted Nugent still plays shows? And people take time out of their day to protest them?

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

Garret Jordan, the same kind of intelligence we see from Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the Westboro Baptist Church?

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Once again, Westword draws a line in the sand to get people angry.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

He's actually great in concert. He is pretty vocal about the people from California or New Jersey, although he pretty much laid into everybody in aspen. Unless you are thin-skinned and don't believe in the right to free speech, just don't go. If you can filter out his speeches, then enjoy the show.

Rebecca Repp
Rebecca Repp

Seriously, he was headlining the Gothic. I'd say he is a washed up "poppy pants" anyway... Definitely not the crowds he had at the height of his popularity.

John P. Koury
John P. Koury

The "intelligentsia" of the GOP consists of Palin, Nugent, Limbaugh...and you want adults to take you seriously? You make me laugh.

Randall Red Cates
Randall Red Cates

Pissed off Handy Wipe your the panty waste you could never rock like uncle Ted

Randall Red Cates
Randall Red Cates

I'd love to go see uncle Ted again I met him in 76 at an outside concert in Denver Colorado looooovvvveeeddd it

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what's a "prolly"? ...you illiterate imbecile.



virgildunn31
virgildunn31

I bet more than anything that you'll end up as the next James Eagan Holmes if u keep on sucking off Teddy's "toy machine gun" any longer.

virgildunn31
virgildunn31

Haha...u little bitch made motherfucker.  Blocking me on Lamebook doesn't prevent me from viewing and replying to your idiotic screeds....DWEEB!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... You punks, get off of my sand!



Stanley1324
Stanley1324

Free speech is only for the sycophantic left.

Stanley1324
Stanley1324

His smallest are bigger than your biggest will ever be. How many needy families did you feed today, by the way?

Stanley1324
Stanley1324

Come on, Virg.....the LGBT movement will still accept the real you. Let go of the hate- come out of the closet.

Stanley1324
Stanley1324

As opposed to the fucking Mensa-esque Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Ed Schultz....and The One? Please. Keep your delusions to yourself.

Stanley1324
Stanley1324

Yawn....only to sycophantic leftists drones like you, who need nice, cute little strawmen to feel better about themselves.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Hey wipe, do you know what "literally" means?  Fucking twit.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You don't really expect a conservative to tell the truth, do you?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stanley1324 ... does your mother force-feed you shit every morning, or do you eat it all by yourself?

virgildunn31
virgildunn31

@Stanley1324 Hey, closet case DWEEB.  Get Teddy's "toy machine gun" out of your mouth and use your brain for once....oh, my mistake...u don't have one.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Stanley1324 Yes, each of the good Americans you cite are far superior to you yappy little cultists.

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