Back in the olden days (circa 1973), when I was a progressive rock DJ, I did a telephone interview with Ted Nugent. Now for those who may not know, Nugent is a somewhat legendary rock musician from the Motor City. He had just signed a deal with Frank Zappa’s record company and released an LP titled “Call of the Wild.” I was looking forward to doing the interview because he had been the lead guitarist for the Amboy Dukes, who even further back in the day had put out a great single and album, “Journey to the Center of Your Mind.”
I was working the evening shift then, and we dialed the number to Nugent’s ranch in Michigan, and did the interview. Call of the wild is about right. The guy was completely nuts, and frankly, rather disturbing. He went off on a tangent about guns, hunting, and killing. Very uncool. At first I thought it was an act, then I figured out, it was for real.
Ted Nugent hasn’t changed much over the years. Nowadays, he’s almost more well-known for his right-wing oriented outrageous statements on various issues, but mainly on guns, hunting, and killing, than he is for his guitar playing. In a magazine interview in 2009, he said, “I’m stymied to come up with anything funnier than people who think animals have rights. Just stick an arrow through their lungs.”
Most recently he was quoted on CNN as saying that hunting is “Zen meditation in its definitive form, plus you get meat out of it.” Evidently, he was laughing as he said it. It must be a joke, but I don’t get it, and I don’t think Ted knows much about Zen. If he did, he might have heard about the precept “Do not harm,” which is a polite way of saying, Do not kill.
I have a problem with hunting. A week or so ago, President Obama said it would be a big mistake to dismiss “the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.”
Well, sorry POTUS, but I do. I have no respect at all for the “tradition” of hunting. I fail to see how killing animals qualifies as a sport. The word “sport” carries with it a connotation of fairness. There is nothing fair about hunting. I can think of few things more barbaric.
Every living thing has a right to life. No one has a right to kill. Hey Ted, wanna shoot an animal? Buy a camera.
This would be an excellent place to insert an inspirational Buddhist quote about respecting the dignity of all life, but I would rather post something else. It’s supposed to be funny, and in the overall context of the movie, it is. In this context, it’s poignant. From My Cousin Vinny: