Ted Nugent recently broke his silence on the response of Joan Jett about him. Jett in a feature interview with NME, had responded to the outspoken conservative rocker’s assessment of her musical skills, when Nugent had claimed she didn’t belong on a list of the best rock guitarists. She on to elaborate, alluding to a story of Nugent’s supposed efforts to evade the Vietnam War draft as she made her case against Nugent’s “tough guy” persona.
“Is that his implication that he should be on the list instead of me? Well, that’s just typical – it’s what I’ve dealt with my whole life, being written off. Ted Nugent has to live with being Ted Nugent. He has to be in that body, so that’s punishment enough.
“He’s not a tough guy. He plays tough guy, but this is the guy who shit his pants – literally – so he didn’t have to go in the Army.”
Ted Nugent fires back at Joan Jett
Nugent responded to Jett’s comments, calling her “stupid” and once again denying that he dodged the draft. Speaking during a YouTube livestream, he said that he loves her music but Jett got it all wrong: “All I expressed in an interview on WRIF was how I love Joan and her killer rocking band. She’s got a great rocking band. Great songs.”
He continued: [I] love Joan — all I said is how I love her. But I used her as an example — along with Joni Mitchell. [I] love Joni Mitchell… People love that music. People love Joan Jett and Joni Mitchell. I love them. I expressed I love them. But she can’t be in the top 100 guitar player list — either of them. They play nice strumming guitars; they play nice guitars. I like it. They’re good. But top 100 before Rik Emmett of Triumph? That’s a lie.”
“Joan Jett, I love you,” he continued. “Don’t get all upset. She calls me a racist and [says] I’m jealous. I didn’t even mention that I should be on the list. Let’s pretend that I don’t play guitar. Let’s pretend I’m just a keyboard player, or maybe a gay conga player. I never mentioned my name [as being excluded from] the top 100 guitar list — though someone might. But Joan, would you just relax?”
Taking a shot at her, Nugent said: “Maybe the plastic has gone to her brain, apparently referencing the rumor that Jett underwent plastic surgery. “I don’t know. I just didn’t think she was that stupid. I never said anything about how stupid she was. I didn’t think she was stupid; now we know how stupid she is.”
“So, Joan, just relax, honey. I love you,” Nugent concluded. “You make great music. But you’re not a top 100 guitar player. You must know that. “