Former Arkansas governor and perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been making a lot of noise recently in his criticism of Beyoncé. Huckabee has attacked Beyoncé’s music as “vulgar” and denouncing President and Mrs. Obama for allowing their daughters to listen to the pop star’s songs.
Yet Huckabee counts as one of his favorite performers one Mr. Ted Nugent who is known for songs like “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”, “Yank Me, Crank Me (But Don’t Wake Up and Thank Me)”, and his biggest hit, “Cat Scratch Fever”, a song that Nugent recently performed on Huckabee’s Fox News program… with Huckabee playing bass guitar.
The song has two clear meanings: promiscuous teenage (and pre-teen) sex and contracting a sexually-transmitted disease as a result. Though Nugent has denied the latter, the phrase “cat scratch fever” was a commonly-used slang term for syphilis in the Seventies. The lyrics suggest that Nugent’s denials are not truthful:
On The Daily Show (January 19th, 2015), Huckabee told Jon Stewart: “That song is an adult song, geared for adults.” Really? Tell that to the hormone-loaded teenagers — myself included — who bought Nugent’s albums in the Seventies. Tell that to the parents of those Seventies teenagers who were shocked to hear their innocent children singing along with:
Of course, his criticism of Beyoncé’s music is a small part of Huckabee’s schtick… but it’s part of his central theme of separating this nation into two parts: Bubble-ville and Bubba-ville. He is very condescending when talking about people from urban areas and those with advanced education while portraying the rest as more wholesome and practical. He attacks one in order to celebrate the other. It’s the same tactic used by other political extremists like Sarah Palin who suggest that some parts of this nation are the “real America”, as if they are the only ones worthy.
This is the type of behavior that causes rifts and makes the division between two sides grow much wider. Huckabee is exploiting domestic xenophobia, the fear and hatred some Americans have of other Americans simply because of their differences.
Huckabee condemns Beyoncé’s music as “mental poison”… but he excuses the blatant pornography of Ted Nugent because:
1. Nugent’s music fans are overwhelmingly rural
2. Nugent’s political views are shared by many of Huckabee’s followers
3. Nugent and Huckabee are in agreement on gun issues.
Huckabee may have moral standards… but his willingness to disapprove of some while glorifying others is pure hypocrisy.