This weekend, we were treated to a number of charming statements about the Parkland survivors from people who, by all rights, should be obscure cultural footnotes in the year 2018, but somehow are not.

Frank Stallone, Sylvester Stallone's brother that we all forgot existed, posted a thing on Twitter about how much he imagined David Hogg's peers would like to punch him in the face.

He later apologized for that.

Also, too, NRA board member and mediocre-at-very-best musician Ted Nugent said that the Parkland survivors had no souls.

The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well known predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.

But, unlike the slightly classier Frank Stallone, he will not be apologizing! Because those students did hate speech to him first!

In a rather incoherent video posted to Facebook, Nugent complained that the internet totally ruined his "firestorm of guitar solo magic" by thinking that was an asshole thing to say.

Transcript via Media Matters:

I was told, coming out of a firestorm, a firestorm of guitar solo magic, that I was trending on Facebook because somehow, some dishonest, lying idiots claimed that my identifying, accurately and honestly, those in the gun control marches who call people who don’t agree with them child murderers -- now if I called you a child murderer without having any evidence, that would be hate speech. So they are guilty of hate speech. I merely identified that you have to have mush for brains to accept, blindly accept, the propaganda from the gun-hating, freedom-hating, America-hating, liberal Democrat left media. And who out there believes that so much of the media – who believes CNN, anybody? MSNBC, anybody? ABC, CBS, NBC? Certainly Media Matters, really? Boy, what a hypocritical title that is. Media Matters, MoveOn.Org, Southern Poverty Law Center, the Huffington punks, who believes these people? So they claimed that it’s hate speech to identify the hate of people that call us child murderers, because we don’t believe in banning guns, which won’t save any lives. So they’re so blinded by their hate, and their mushy brains have so robotically accepted the propaganda ministry’s lies and deceit, that their hate isn’t hate. My identifying their hate, is hate. What the hell? So I stand by my words.

For what it is worth, I am pretty sure that no one referred to his claims of soulless mass murder survivors as "hate speech." In fact, I am pretty sure that everyone just thought it was a gross and shitty thing to say, not unlike other things that come out of Ted Nugent's mouth.

Conservatives like Nugent often like to suggest that we call the things they say "hate speech" in order to insinuate that we are trying to establish laws to keep them from saying shitty things. You know, because other countries do have "hate speech" laws.

Of course, no one is trying to "ban" Ted Nugent from saying shitty things. They are just pointing out that he says shitty things. This, too, is an expression of free speech. Ted Nugent is allowed to say whatever appalling things he likes, and then people can say, "Wow! Ted Nugent sure is a horrible person!" As far as I know, there is no constitutional provision preventing anyone from thinking Ted Nugent is an asshole.

The fact that people thought what he said was appalling had nothing to do with "the media." All Media Matters did was quote him verbatim. People then responded to that. To his words. That is the reason it was "trending." Because people heard the words that came out of his mouth and said "Gee, Ted Nugent sure is an asshole" and then posted that on their social media accounts. There were no lies, there was nothing to disbelieve, there was merely a recording of him saying these things. If he stands by those things and thinks they were good things to say, what reason does he have to complain about "the media" reporting on them?

All in all, I don't think anyone is waiting on tenterhooks for Ted Nugent's heartfelt apology. If anything, given that he once adopted an underage girl in order to have sex with her legally, those teenagers are probably pretty grateful that he doesn't like them.

And with that, it's your OPEN THREAD!

[Media Matters]

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Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. In addition to her work at Wonkette, she also has a biweekly column at Dame. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse


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