WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 6, 2016) – Bud Light, the top-selling beer in the U.S., according to their parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (ADR), quietly pulled their sponsorship of controversial musician and long-time NRA board member Ted Nugent’s concert Saturday in Peoria, Illinois. The company removed their logos associated with the concert’s marketing efforts after a Media Matters blog and an online petition circulated by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) called attention to the corporate sponsorship. The petition received over 5,800 signatures in just a few days.
“We thank Bud Light for recognizing that NRA Board member Ted Nugent’s hateful rhetoric has no place in our civil dialogue,” said Josh Horwitz, Executive Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “After this rebuke from corporate American, it hard to fathom how the NRA continues to allow Nugent to serve as part of their leadership. The NRA’s extremist views are completely out of touch with the vast majority of Americans. It’s way past time for the NRA to remove Nugent from their Board of Directors.”
Nugent has served on the NRA Board of Directors for more than 20 years, despite a long history of racist rhetoric, including declaring, “Apartheid isn’t that cut and dry. All men are not created equal,” and calling for the hanging of President Obama. The NRA opposes any reform of the nation’s gun laws, including opposing CDC research on gun violence and passing legislation to ensure every gun purchase goes through a background check.
“The fact that Nugent is a prominent face of the NRA shows that they condone his outrageous views,” added Horwitz.
Nugent drew protests at a Minnesota concert Friday night, prior to tonight’s show at Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Illinois.
Earlier this year, CSGV launched a petition calling on the NRA to remove Nugent from their Board of Directors.