After last week’s criticism of Ted Nugent’s anti-Semitic Facebook post, Nugent has joined a Jewish gun rights advocacy group, JTA reports:
Nicki Kenyon of the Zelman Partisans group wrote Monday that Nugent accepted the group’s honorary membership offer. The right-wing rocker also reportedly said he would wear kippah with the group’s logo on television.
Kenyon claimed in a blog post on the Zelman Partisans website that Nugent, who was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others, does not have “an anti-Semitic bone in his body” despite the fact that he posted an admittedly anti-Semitic image.”
“Can I say oy vey?” Kenyon quoted Nugent as saying in a phone conversation. “I sincerely apologize for my irresponsible re-posting of such a nasty and offensive meme. In my rush between songwriting jams and musical recording frenzy, all I saw was the images of people dedicated to disarm us, I made no connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation. Everyone knows deep down that at 67 years of age I didn’t suddenly become anti-Semitic. That’s patently ridiculous, and those who rushed to such a mistaken condemning judgement should re-examine the system by which such equally irresponsible knee-jerk judgments are made.”
When the Anti-Defamation League denounced the original post, Nugent’s response was insincere, and rude:
“Plummet on punks. Plummet on. Meanwhile I adjust my yamika [sic] at my barmitzva [sic] playing my kosher guitar. My dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII. Eat me.”
Needless to say, we see Nugent’s response as appalling, and we’re outraged that a supposed Jewish gun rights group would welcome and apologize for Nugent.