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Uncle Teddy is about to be public enemy number one with the Swifties. I mean, you come at the queen, you best not miss. And let’s be honest, when it comes to the world of pop culture… Taylor Swift reigns supreme. And them Swifties? Ruthless…
She’s unquestionably the biggest star in the world, so much so that her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has generated an equivalent brand value of $331.5 million for the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL.
Just by showing up and watching football, Taylor is making everybody millions of dollars. It’s insane…
And while her presence in the NFL world has garnered its fair share of criticism, mostly from people who are sick of seeing the camera pan to her after ever play, famed rocker Ted Nugent, AKA the Motor City Madman, has chimed in with his own thoughts on Taylor Swift mania.
During a appearance on The Joe Pags Show podcast last month, Ted praised her work ethic and success, while also calling her a creator of “cartoon music.”
“So I’m afraid to say in this world that’s gone down the toilet in all aspects, I’m afraid the success of Taylor Swift… and again, God bless her work ethic, God bless her musical dreams… but that’s cartoon music.
It doesn’t have any piss and vinegar, there’s no fire, there’s no sensuality in that. It’s all poppy nonsense as far as I’m concerned and it’s the most popular stuff in the world, which an inditement to the music industry and music fans.
They’re not looking for that fire… and I miss that.”
I imagine Ted is hoping the Ravens win this afternoon so he doesn’t have to watch the Lions (if they win too) play Taylor Swift and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Of course, Ted Nugent is a ’60s and ’70s-era rocker who’s famous for hits like “Stranglehold,” “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Wango Tango,” but has probably more recently been known for his political opinions.
A staunch conservative and avid outdoorsman… I’ll trust his judgment when it comes to skinning a deer, but on Taylor Swift? Eh… whatever. I don’t really care much. Taylor’s… fine. She’s fine… and he’s probably right in some respects about pop music generally being “nonsense” which is pretty easily consumed by the masses, but it’s hard to argue with Taylor’s talent and success.
Meanwhile, another rocker, Disturbed’s frontman David Draiman, praised Taylor and even went as far as to defend her from boos at a recent concert in Peoria, Illinois, earlier this week.
“So, I take it that you came to the Disturbed concert, as opposed to the Taylor Swift concert, means that your parents are raising you on rock and roll? Hey, don’t forget: Taylor Swift still kicks a**.
Don’t you boo her. You know what? I will stand up and applaud any pop artist that gets up on stage and sings live and plays a guitar live in front of a whole group of f**king thousands of girls and guys, young fans.
Don’t talk sh*t about Taylor Swift. She is for real. And she’s making sure that an entire generation of new music fans understand what it means to actually play music live.”
I guess you win some and you lose some, Taylor…
The lead singer of the heavy-metal band Disturbed delivered an impassioned defense of Taylor Swift after fans booed her name during a concert. pic.twitter.com/Xys8jFJaSZ