Ted Nugent's Latest Diatribe: Obesity
by David Chiu
Outspoken rocker and conservative Ted Nugent is angry again -- this time it's about America's obesity problem.
"Obesity is a manifestation of a cultural depravation," he tells globetrotting chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, "in its most vulgar and displeasing-to-look-at form. And it's suicide as a lifestyle."
The Motor City Madman recently expressed his views on the topic in an episode of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,' scheduled to air Monday night at 10 EST on the Travel Channel. In this segment, which focuses on the sights and cuisine of the American Southwest, Bourdain pays a visit to Nugent's ranch in Texas.
During their conversation Nugent describes obesity as an unhealthy choice. "That's a liability," he says. "You have chosen to be a liability to yourself, your family, your neighborhood, and this country."
The two opinionated men talk about obesity's impact on health and the safety of others. Bourdain says he likes the idea of a 'fat' tax and charging someone who uses up an additional airplane or subway seat. Nugent then adds, "It all comes back to the horror, the soullessness of a trend in America that is the abandonment of parenting. Somebody's got to go, 'You can't eat that. You're way too fat.'"
The guitarist is no stranger when it comes to talking about issues,
particularly conservative ones, as an advocate for hunting and the
right to bear arms. (He is on the National Rifle Association's board of
directors and recorded a song called 'I Am the NRA'). Last year Nugent
made news with his controversial and very critical remarks about
Democratic senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton while holding two
On his blog,
Bourdain says that it was Nugent who approached him about doing
something together on television. He recounts a experience from his
visit to Nugent's ranch when got a text message invite from chef Mario
Batali for drinks. "I texted back," Bourdain writes, "that I regretted
being unable to join him as I was currently unloading a belt-fed M-60
machine gun at Ted Nugent's place. His totally unsurprised response was
'Of course you are.'"
Ted Nugent performs at 'Rockin' the Corps An American Thank You
Celebration Concert' at Camp Pendleton April 1, 2005 San Diego,
California. Photo Credit - Kevin Winter, Getty Images