Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2012 Edition
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I've commented a lot on Dave Mustaine here in the past several months, even mentioning this incident. But it bears repetition. Mustaine is easily one of the biggest douchebags in music these days, possibly in the world, and it's not because he's a conservative. Look, I don't care about politics. If you're a Republican, a conservative, you voted for Mitt Romney, whatever. It doesn't matter
But Mustaine crossed a line. It's one thing to disagree with the President on policy, or even to trot out birther claims. It's another thing entirely to, as Mustaine did, claim that the President is behind the recent shootings in America. This is just in shockingly poor taste. Why on earth would President Obama be going around killing American citizens in this way? It's a flagrant lie and a misuse of the standing Mustaine has with his fans. It's one of the most douchebag things anyone could say.
2. Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent is like Mustaine on steroids when it comes to this Obama stuff. Mustaine's into the crazy conspiracy theories, but Nugent just represents everything that is wrong with our current political climate. His comments after the election were disgraceful. But the worst of it all, and the reason he's on this list, is because he took what Mustaine said and brought it a step further. Mustaine is accusing Obama of being behind the recent killings in America. Nugent is subtly inciting them and aligning himself with them.
In April, Nugent said that if Obama were re-elected, the gun-loving rocker would wind up "dead or in jail." This could be taken in a lot of ways in a less dangerous world than ours. In the world we live in, though, it's tantamount to a threat.
See, it could be a joke, but it's just not funny when someone actually did kill themselves and their entire family over the election, and it's especially not funny when we've had shooting after shooting this year, especially after Sandy Hook Friday.
Extreme comments like this just incite his supporters and followers to do the same, and while I don't think Ted Nugent would actually do anything to end up "dead or in jail," I think there are a lot of people out there who would and could be triggered by just about anything, including comments from someone like Nugent. That's why he's a massive douchebag.