Joan Jett Breaks Her Silence Over Ted Nugent’s Comments About Her Guitar Playing
Joan Jett of the Blackhearts recently joined NME for an interview during which she finally issued a response to Ted Nugent‘s remarks on her guitar playing.
After Rolling Stone Magazine decided to include Joan Jett in their list of Top 100 Guitar Players In The History Of Rock And Roll, Ted Nugent revealed his thoughts on the magazine’s choice. He disagreed with this decision and claimed he is ‘Caitlyn Jenner’s boy toy’ if Joan Jett deserves to be on this list.
According to Ted Nugent, guitarists such as Tommy Shaw, Derek St. Holmes, Ricky Medlocke, Dave Amato, and Dick Wagner deserved to be on that list more than Jett. However, Jett is a strong woman in the male-dominated rock music scene, proving that women can rock and roll too.
Following these remarks, Ted Nugent received a massive backlash from rock music fans. In an interview with The Real Music Observer, Nugent elaborated on his previous comments and stated that he praised Jett’s talents and didn’t express any hate. Moreover, he highlighted that he appreciates Jett’s sexuality as if that’s a related topic.
Although Joan Jett remained silent about Nugent’s words about her, she recently broke her silence in an interview with NME. Jett stated that Ted Nugent shouldn’t be on the list either, and she understands him as she has dealt with being written off for most of her life. Moreover, Jett said being Ted Nugent and living in that body is enough punishment for Nugent.
Asked about Ted Nugent’s remarks claiming Jett shouldn’t be on the list, Joan Jett told NME the following:
“Neither should he. Is that his implication, that he should be on the list instead of me? Well, that’s just typical. It’s what I’ve dealt with my whole life, being written off. Ted Nugent has to live with being Ted Nugent. He has to be in that body, so that’s punishment enough.”
Although everyone has the freedom of thought for music tastes, Ted Nugent received a backlash because he favored male guitarists and ignored Jett’s talent and achievements. Moreover, he also brought Jett’s sexual orientation up on a topic related to music, which was a bit inconvenient.