Nugent contends his comments were unfairly portrayed as a personal attack on Wonder.
The guitarist said he not only respects but genuinely reveres “Stevie Wonder’s enrichment to society and my life personally. I have nothing but reverence for the great man. … I just think it’s hypocritical, it’s dishonest, because you can’t boycott places that believe in self-defense.”
Nugent grew up on Detroit’s west side and splits his time these days between Texas and Michigan. He had some pointed words about Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, which he called the inevitable result of “an intentionally engineered suicide course” underway since the 1960s.
He blamed “the liberal Democrats who moved into Detroit that did the Mayor Coleman Young boogie, epitomized by Kwame Kilpatrick and the Jennifer Granholms.”
As if to preemptively deflect criticism, Nugent defended his take.
“So Martin Luther King died in vain? No judging by content of character? Now it’s acceptable to judge by color of skin? This is why I’m anti-racist, and those that level that term (‘racist’) against me are indeed the racists,” he said.