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Ted Nugent in 2005
Ted Nugent's a Michigan native, but he's less than thrilled with the commercials that try to entice tourists to visit his home state.
On the Michigan’s Big Show radio program Thursday morning, the "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker said that the series of tourism commercials known as "Pure Michigan" should show the dead animals and fish that result from hunting and fishing in the Great Lakes State.
“How dare the Pure Michigan campaign not mention (hunting, fishing and trapping) 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 para-gliding 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 said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“The Pure Michigan campaign basically is a facade,” Nugent said. He went on to criticize the state's gun laws and said, "the overall direction of Michigan is very sad."
The Free Press spoke to a spokeswoman for the Michigan Economic Development Corp, which defended the campaign, saying the state certainly promotes its hunting and fishing opportunities. Fishermen are shown in Pure Michigan ads, which are narrated by actor Tim Allen, who was born in Denver but raised in Michigan.
Just over a year ago, on April 17, 2012, Nugent said that if President Barack Obama was re-elected, "I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
Nugent is currently touring with Styx and REO Speedwagon.