Now, we could have a debate about whether someone who displays the Confederate flag, says real Americans are white, calls female leaders as “toxic cunt” and “dirty whore,” thinks gay men are “despicable” and so on
should have their own cable TV show. But we don’t have to. We have a much simpler question at hand about violent rhetoric – should someone who has threated to kill the president and other officials get his own TV show?
In Nugent’s case, it’s even worse. He made the threats on multiple occasions and has a history of violent rhetoric. In 1990, he said he “would have killed everybody
,” including fellow Americans, if he had been in the service and sent to Vietnam. In 1992, he said this of Heidi Prescott of the Fund for Animals, “Who needs to club a seal, when you can club Heidi
?” In 1998, he told Fox News’ Alan Colmes about how he’d like to shoot and kill armed immigrants “invading our country.”
Nugent seems to take great pleasure in his song “Kiss My Glock
.” At concerts, he’s called out the many people
he wants to kiss his gun, including Jesse Jackson, former Congressman David Bonior, and Sarah Brady
, the former RNC staffer whose husband served as President Reagan’s press secretary and was seriously wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt – both since have become gun control advocates. During one rendition
of the song, Nugent even shot an arrow at a Nazi-flag-waving Janet Reno.
Nugent’s violent rhetoric has been covered widely in the press, so we can only assume that Discovery knows all about it. But even reality TV should have some minimum standards. It says a lot that we can’t even agree to draw the line at threatening to the kill the president.