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Ted Nugent launched an attack on Stevie Wonder for boycotting performances in Florida following the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman during the Trayvon Martin case.
The notoriously unbalanced rock star unleashed an impassioned diatribe against Wonder in which he accused the Motown heavyweight of only focusing on the death of the Florida teenager Martin while ignoring black-on-black violence.
"So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder, are you kidding me," Nugent said to WXBR. "What is this, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?'"
Furthermore, Nugent told the Massachusetts radio station that Wonder's decision was "brain-dead" and even "soul-less."
"How brain-dead do you have to be," the singer continued. "How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?"
Lastly, the 64-year-old "Motor City Madman" said that he was praying for Wonder "and all these other [expletive] who think that Trayvon Martin's life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks," according to the radio station.
Meanwhile, Wonder previously announced his ban against performing in Florida over the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law that allows a person to use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat.
The boycott arrived after Zimmerman was cleared of charges for the fatal shooting of Martin, an unarmed teen.
"I'm a human being, but for the gift that God has given me, and for whatever I mean, I decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," said Wonder. "Wherever I find that law exists I will not perform in that state…"
However, Wonder has not received much support from fellow artists, and Madonna, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones have distances themselves from the Florida boycott, according to CBS Detroit.