Ted Nugent concert sparks protest and call for boycott

Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 7:26 PM EDT
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A rolling billboard with Ted Nugent's face on the side isn't promoting his Roanoke concert later this month. It is protesting his appearance at the Berglund Center.

Andy Parker is the father of Alison Parker, our WDBJ7 colleague who was shot and killed in 2015.

He organized the protest against the conservative rocker and NRA board member, and is calling for a boycott of the Berglund Center, because of Nugent's statements on gun rights and gun control, and what Parker describes as his vile behavior.

"It's an outrage to me and the people of Roanoke who think this community deserves better," Parker said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Robyn Schon is the General Manager of the Berglund Center.

"As you know we're a public venue," Schon said, "and we can't discriminate against people because of their personal values or beliefs."

Following is a written statement the Berglund Center released Monday:

"We are a public assembly facility and must obey the law, which includes non-discrimination against anyone or any artist based on their political views. We are in the business of hosting diverse events that appeal to citizens of Southwest Virginia. Ted Nugent wanted to perform in Roanoke, Virginia, and we could not turn away his business simply because not everyone shares his values. People come to concerts to hear the music of their favorite artists. Ted Nugent is performing a concert, not hosting a political rally."

Protesters held what they called a die-in, lying on the floor near the Berglund Center box office.

Nugent is scheduled to appear at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on July 17th.