Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent, who is known for causing a stir with his colorful comments, has slammed his critics as "unclean vermin" who are "upset by [his] positive energy."
Earlier this week, it was reported that an Idaho Native American tribe had canceled one of Nugent's concerts because of the legendary guitarist's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
"The Motor City Madman" was scheduled to perform for Couer D'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on August 4. But after the Southern Poverty Law Center informed the tribe about Nugent's controversial comments and stances, the show was scrapped.
Nugent's July 26 concert at the Waterfest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin generated controversy last month when a group of the city's residents started a petition on MoveOn.org to have the show canceled. The petition has since been taken down.
"I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy," Nugent told Gannett Wisconsin Media. "Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway."
He added: "By all indicators, I don't think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people. I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is Job One for every American. I am simply doing my job."
In March, the city of Longview, Texas paid $16,000 to end contract negotiations with Nugent, who was under consideration as the headliner for the city's Fourth of July celebration (a verbal agreement required paying Nugent half his guaranteed performance fee of about $32,000).