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Update: Berglund Center allowed Ted Nugent to take the stage on July 17, 2018 and play to an under-capacity crowd of just over 1,000. Nugent used the opportunity to smear a group of local residents whose loved ones were murdered in acts of gun violence. These residents participated in a “Die-In” at the Berglund Center on July 2 with other gun violence survivors including Andy Parker, his wife Barbara Parker and son Drew Parker; Taiwan Lipford and Keysha Lipford; and Roanoke mother Karen Cobb. Here’s what Nugent said about these survivors as his fans applauded:
“This [song] is dedicated to everybody, including those dumb mother f**kers that were protesting me because they’re still grieving. When you lose a loved one, we pray for you when you lose a loved one. We all prayed for him, didn’t we? How the f**k do you hate the Nugent family when we’re praying for you? You dumb f**ks. So go ahead and protest, because the freedom of speech allows you to let the whole world know just what a piece of s**t you are.”
Ted Nugent will not play the Berglund Center in 2019. Thanks to everyone who took this action and made it clear future Nugent shows would be PR disasters for Berglund!
Another Virginia venue, the Berglund Center, has booked NRA board member Ted Nugent to perform on July 17, 2018. This comes in the wake of an April 6 interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in which Nugent compared Democrats, liberals, reporters, academics and others to “rabid coyotes” and told his fans, “every time you see one, shoot one.”
In addition to hosting a known racist, anti-Semite, misogynist and homophobe who is making violent threats, the Berglund Center is taking action against gun violence survivor Andy Parker, who lost his daughter Alison Parker during a shooting captured on live TV in Roanoke on August 26, 2015.
Alison worked as a reporter for WDBJ7 before being shot and killed along with cameraman Adam Ward. On many occasions, she worked (well) with Berglund Center staffers. Andy was stunned to learn that the center was going to be putting Nugent on stage after his latest shooting threat and sent angry Facebook messages to Berglund telling them he was going to put them out of business via a #BoycottBerglund billboard campaign if they did not cancel the show.
Berglund staff reported Andy’s messages as a credible threat of violence to the Roanoke Police. Two uniformed officers visited Andy’s home and spent about 15 minutes having a nice conversation with him and his wife Barbara before leaving.
Please contact Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon through one of the channels below and give her the following message (personalized to your liking):
Please cancel your Ted Nugent show on July 17, 2018 immediately. This is a public safety issue. This man recently encouraged his fans to shoot roughly half of Americans who he deems unworthy of living. This kind of threat is no joke, nor is Nugent’s long history of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and misogyny. He deserves no accommodation. There is no price that could justify your business arrangement with him. Please also apologize to gun violence survivor Andy Parker for reporting a credible threat of violence to the Roanoke Police. Andy’s communications to you were angry, but he made it clear that the “s**tstorm” he was talking about was a billboard campaign highlighting Berglund’s partnership with Nugent. Your center’s reputation is really on the line right now. I hope you do the right thing and show us what’s best about the community of Roanoke.
Phone: (540) 853-6861
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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