Ted Nugent is now an aging rocker known for saying extreme things on the right wing of the political spectrum and then enjoying the attention that he gets from doing so. Recently, he’s been in the news for making incendiary remarks, mainly about gun control, President Obama, President Obama’s plans for gun control, and the things that he would like to do to President Obama for suggesting that we pass stronger gun control laws. He also sports a rigidly pro-war stance and loves to bluster around about how we need to be tougher on our enemies. He relies on his status as a former rock icon to get him instantly in the news and to guarantee that a certain number of people—however small—will consider what he has to say to be legitimate. However, some of the people who still back him might not if they knew some of the stories of his past.
Though he now claims a very pro-war stance, Ted Nugent managed to avoid the draft and not go to Vietnam like many young men of his time. In an interview with the magazine High Times, he claimed to have defecated himself while wearing dirty clothes for several days, done meth, and acted like a total lunatic in order to get a special 4F (unfit for service) classification from the military so he wouldn’t have to serve. In the interview, he tells High Times he did it because he was making too much money and didn’t want to fight in a war. Later on, he claimed that he made the entire story up for High Times and got a deferment, but either way, he certainly made a conscious decision to dodge the draft.
Some people may find this to be forgivable, as many people did not agree with the Vietnam War, but he also doesn’t want people to look too hard into his past with girls. (And we do mean “girls” as in “minors.”) Nugent wrote a song called “Jailbait” about a 13-year-old girl with whom he was having sex. In the lyrics, he suggests that the arresting officer take the cuffs off him and join in to make it a three-way. Another track on the same album is entitled “I’m A Predator.”
Additionally, Nugent was once accused, although never convicted, of having sex with a 12-year-old girl while he was an adult. When he was in his thirties, he had a relationship with a 17-year-old girl and had the brilliant idea to become her legal guardian to get out of trouble for what he was doing, and he somehow got approval from her parents. To make matters worse, he has bragged about being in other similar relationships beside that one.