LANSING — Michigan-born rocker Ted Nugent struck a nerve today when he savaged the popular Pure Michigan tourism campaign and criticized Holland’s Tulip Time Festival in a radio interview.
Nugent said during a telephone interview on the Lansing-based syndicated program “Michigan’s Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels” that liberalism and political correctness prevent Pure Michigan officials from highlighting in its ads what he said are the state’s biggest draws — hunting and fishing.
“How dare the Pure Michigan campaign not mention any of that because some Hash Bash hippie in charge of Michigan’s promotional campaigns is afraid to put a dead salmon, or a dead grouse, or a dead deer on the tourist brochure; but will put paragliding and tulip festivals on that brochure when no one is going to come to Michigan to go hang gliding or to go to the tulip festival?” Nugent asked.
The comments provoked an anti-Nugent eruption on social media by residents who described the 1970s rocker known as the Motor City Madman as an irrelevant has-been who shouldn’t criticize now that he has moved to Texas.
Nobody at the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which oversees the award-winning Pure Michigan campaign, would admit today to being a “Hash Bash hippie.”
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