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Tell the Toledo Blade: Cancel Ted Nugent's Appearance at your Festival

Ted NugentThe Toledo Blade newspaper is sponsoring a food and music festival in Maumee, Ohio this summer with a scheduled appearance by a known extremist: National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent.

In addition to being an adamant opponent of sensible gun laws, Nugent regularly makes headlines with his racist, misogynist, and threatening statements. In July 2013, Nugent said “The Black Problem” in America could be solved if African-Americans put their “heart and soul into being honest” and “law-abiding.” On January 17, 2014, he called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and “chimpanzee.”1

Mike Mori, the Blade‘s sales director and event director for the Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, has acknowledged the problems with Nugent, saying he “is not a fan of [Nugent's] politics.” “I wish the guy would just not say the things he does,” said Mori.  He clearly recognizes that the Blade made a bad call in hiring Nugent and seems torn about what to do. A strong show of opposition can sway him towards the right decision.

The Northwest Ohio Rib-Off webpage brags that “nothing goes better with savory BBQ than jamming, rib-bone in hand, to a rocking band.”2 Certainly, nothing goes worse with good food than the virulently racist rhetoric of a man who has no regard for the dignity or rights of others.

Tell the Toledo Blade: Cancel Ted Nugent’s appearance at your festival immediately.
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  1. Ted Nugent Profile,” Meet the NRA Leadership website
  2. 31st Northwest Ohio Rib-Off” webpage

Tell the Toledo Blade:

There is no place at the Northwest Ohio Rib-Off for a man who regularly makes public statements that can only be characterized as racist, misogynist and threatening. Cancel Ted Nugent's appearance at your festival immediately.
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