Jett going off on Ted Nugent stems from comments Nugent had made this past January about a list of 100 great guitarists; said list was published back in 2010 via Rolling Stone. As reported by NME, Nugent spoke about the list during a livestream of his back in December (of 2021).
Among the comments he made, Nugent said, “You have to have shit for brains, and you have to be a soulless, soulless prick to put Joan Jett.”
In response to this, via a NME interview, Joan Jett said the following:
“Is that his implication,” she asks, “that he should be on the list instead of me? Well, that’s just typical – it’s what I’ve dealt with my whole life, being written off. Ted Nugent has to live with being Ted Nugent. He has to be in that body, so that’s punishment enough.”
She then goes on to add:
“He’s not a tough guy. He plays tough guy, but this is the guy who shit his pants – literally – so he didn’t have to go in the Army.”
Now, Ted Nugent has responded. Via a livestream of his, Ted Nugent said the following in regards to the Rolling Stone article and Joan Jett’s comment. The following was transcribed by Blabbermouth:
Ted Nugent talks about Joan Jett
“All I expressed in an interview on WRIF was how I love Joan and her killer rocking band. She’s got a great rocking band. Great songs. The best garage band maybe ever, except for maybe Green Day. [I] love Joan — all I said is how I love her. But I used her as an example — along with Joni Mitchell. [I] love Joni Mitchell… People love that music. People love Joan Jett and Joni Mitchell. I love them. I expressed I love them. But she can’t be in the top 100 guitar player list — either of them. They play nice strumming guitars; they play nice guitars. I like it. They’re good. But top 100 before Rik Emmett of Triumph? That’s a lie.
“Joan Jett, I love you. Don’t get all upset. She calls me a racist and [says] I’m jealous. I didn’t even mention that I should be on the list. Let’s pretend that I don’t play guitar. Let’s pretend I’m just a keyboard player, or maybe a gay conga player. I never mentioned my name [as being excluded from] the top 100 guitar list — though someone might. But Joan, would you just relax?
“Maybe the plastic has gone to her brain,” he said, alluding to some rumor involving Jett getting plastic surgery. “I don’t know. I just didn’t think she was that stupid. I never said anything about how stupid she was. I didn’t think she was stupid; now we know how stupid she is.”
Regarding the rumor of him shitting himself to avoid being drafted:
“No, I didn’t. I didn’t get drafted, but I didn’t dodge the draft. [In the High Times interview] I was telling a story about a drummer friend who shit his pants and I don’t know what else he did. It’s a funny story. Plus I gave the story to a writer — I’m being awfully generous with that term — for High Times magazine. You’re gonna have a serious interview with High Times magazine?
“See, they cling to these lies and hate ’cause they’ve got nothing else. Which is why they are absolutely helpless to debate me.”
What are your thoughts regarding what Ted Nugent had to say?
Words by: Michael Pementel