Man seeks to stop CT Nugent show after Trayvon comment

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 8:00am

WESTON, Conn. (FOXCT) -- On a Thursday evening, music is overflowing from Toad's Place, and come Aug. 6, tunes played by Ted Nugent will echo from the popular New Haven venue.

If Weston, Conn., resident John Finegan has his way, Nugent would be at home singing the blues.

"He is someone who espouses hate and tries to celebrate the differences more so than things that unify and bring us together," said Finegan.

Ted Nugent is known for his outspoken ways, but a recent editorial on Rare, a conservative website, was too much for John Finegan.

Some of the comments Ted Nugent wrote include: "George Zimmerman is thankfully and rightfully not facing any jail time for legally defending himself, but he is far from a free man."

And: "While there is little he can do to protect himself from a civil rights charge by our gun-running, pro-New Black Panthers attorney general, Mr. Zimmerman may have some legal room to move regarding a wrongful death lawsuit by Trayvon Martin's family. George Zimmerman should consider suing Trayvon Martin's parents."

He also labeled Trayvon Martin as a "17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe."

On Tuesday Aug. 6, Nugent will play live at Toad's Place.

"I would like to see Toad's Place disinvite Mr. Nugent," said Finegan.

"He's playing here no matter what happens," said Toad's Place owner Brian Phelps in response.

Phelps said Nugent has a right to speak his mind.

"As long as it's not something totally insane then that's their business and they should have a right to say it. That is what our country is all about."

Finegan said he's hoping people come together for a rally or protest. He hasn't formed anything, but that could change as August nears and as Ted Nugent makes his way into New Haven.

John has contacted the NAACP, informing them about it.

Fox CT spoke to a representative who said they will look into the matter Friday morning.


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