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Ted Nugent and David Crosby Are in a Hall of Fame War of Words

Ted Nugent and David Crosby
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Ted Nugent and David Crosby are in the midst of a social-media spat over Nugent’s claim that “political correctness” is keeping him out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crosby has dismissed the Motor City Madman’s work as not good enough, while Nugent called the former Byrds star a “bloated chemical repository” in response.

Nugent fired the first shot last week when he accused Hall of Fame boss Jann Wenner of hating the Second Amendment and the NRA, of which Nugent is a board member. “That’s the only reason I’m not in,” Nugent said. “And until they get their heads out of their ass, I’m more than happy to do what I do and do it with all the vim and vigor that I do it every night.” However, asked if he’d like to be inducted, he replied, “Hell, yes.”

Crosby got involved on Monday, when he was asked via Twitter whether he agreed with Nugent’s assessment, and replied: “No, the a–hole just isn’t good enough.” When it was later suggested that the classic track “Cat Scratch Fever” alone might earn Nugent an induction, Crosby said: “Nope.”

Nugent fired back on Tuesday, taking to Facebook to say: “Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life. I couldn’t be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me, while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene. … Let’s all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails. I laugh at his pathetic slovenliness.”

Asked in a follow-up comment what made his music so great, Nugent replied: “Groove, passion, energy, adventure, FUN, tightness, spirit, virtuosity, dynamics, defiance, soul, attitude, fire.”

Nugent is nearing the end of a U.S. tour, while Crosby commences a road trip at the end of October. This is actually their second round of insults in 2017. They also clashed over Nugent’s visit to the White House to meet President Donald Trump last April. Crosby said the “pair of a–holes” wore “insincere smiles,” prompting Nugent to call him a “lost soul” in response.

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