Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello opened up about his friendship with Ted Nugent despite their differences. Also, he unveiled that Nugent taught him several things about sex.
As you probably know, Ted Nugent has been criticized by many in the rock scene due to his controversial statements about President Joe Biden and after praising the former president Donald Trump and his policies about the pandemic, environment, and foreign affairs.
Thus his friend Tom Morello defined Nugent as a ‘right-wing caricature’ but he highlighted they have lots of things in common and value each other’s points of view. He stated that he prepared a video for Nugent’s birthday and stressed their shared values such as freedom of speech and love for rock and roll.
Also, Morello recalled how he learned about ‘the birds and the bees’ from the Handsome Devil when he was a teenage boy. He learned a lot when he started understanding the meaning behind the lyrics of Nugent’s ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ and ‘Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.’
In Morello’s words, he said:
“I got asked to make a video for his 60th birthday. At that point, Ted had become this right-wing caricature, but I really loved his records back in the ’70s, so I said yes. I took two tacks: things adolescent Tom Morello learned about the birds and the bees from Ted Nugent and things you might be surprised to find Tom and Ted have in common – like free speech and rock’n’roll.
Anyway, he called me up afterward, and we had a discussion about it. People go fucking nuts when you say you’re friends with someone who has his views. I’m very happy to go toe-to-toe with Ted when he gets on his racist stuff, his misogynist stuff, his Trump stuff. I don’t know how often people cause Ted to abandon his opinions these days, but I believe that’s been the case on more than one occasion.”
Consequently, it seems that Tom Morello won’t end his friendship with Ted Nugent even though they have different perspectives towards various matters, and his fans have reacted to their friendship several times.