On Tuesday, July 22, music performer Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater and unhappy locals plan to protest and form a picket line in front of the theater.
On a Facebook page titled “Protest Ted Nugent in Montclair,” the message is:
Notorious racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-toter, Ted Nugent will be playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair , NJ on the evening of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. First answer here and say that you will come to a picketline if they don’t cancel him, and then call the Wellmont at (973) 783-9500 and let them know you will be picketing outside if they don’t cancel him!
At the moment, 70 people say they will attend the protest and 15 maybes.
BlueWaveNJ sent out a newsletter asking subscribers to “Say No to Hate” and protest Nugent’s upcoming show:
BlueWaveNJ believes Mr. Nugent’s disturbing history of violent and intolerant statements - which includes racist, bigoted, homophobic comments directed at everyone from the President, former Secretary of State, victims of gun violence and their parents, to black people, gay people, women, immigrants and any who do not share his backwards and extremists views – go well beyond the bounds of acceptable by any standards.
We find his odious comments hateful and contrary to the values and norms of a tolerant and diverse community such as Montclair. Because many of Mr. Nugent’s incendiary comments have come during live performances, we believe the Wellmont Theater should NOT provide a platform here for the further espousal of such views, so contrary to the values and norms of Montclair and potentially hurtful and offensive to its residents.
We encourage our members and all who share our view to speak out against this performance, against the appropriateness of bringing Ted Nugent to Montclair and to also join us to protest such intolerance.
Calls to the theater have so far not been returned – we need to make more noise in order to get their attention. The owners and management of the Wellmont need to hear from Montclair and Essex County residents in large numbers - there is no place in a welcoming and diverse community for Ted Nugent or his brand of hatred.
How do you feel about Ted Nugent? If you don’t like him, will you join he protest? Or will you be attending the concert?