The COVID-19 pandemic did a fairly good job exhibiting which musicians, celebrities, buddies, and relations imagine in science and which choose conspiracy theories. However on the size that tops out round Van Morrison, Ted Nugent is in a league of his personal.
Lengthy generally known as the rock ‘n roll’s uncle whom you wouldn’t wish to be caught subsequent to on the Thanksgiving desk, the guitar legend and borderline right-wing extremist hit the conspiracy-friendly discussion board of Fb Stay (and initially transcribed by Blabbermouth) yesterday to ponder one of many hardest questions for individuals who don’t have a fundamental data of science or current etymology: “Why have been there no shutdowns for COVID-1 via -18?”
In fact, the factual reply to that query is that there by no means was a COVID-1, COVID-18, or some other COVID-number earlier than, as a result of the “19” in COVID-19 stands for the 12 months (2019) by which it was found. However that doesn’t matter to the Nuge, who blamed manufacturing firms for canceling his tour plans for the 12 months earlier than calling them “soiled bastard, mendacity, rip-off, smoke-and-mirrors COVID-19 freaks.”
“I’d ask you — as a result of I’m hooked on reality, logic and customary sense, and my widespread sense meter would demand the reply to — why weren’t we shut down for COVID-1 via -18?” Nugent requested, whereas sporting a gown that appears prefer it could possibly be from the Joe Unique assortment. “There was a COVID-1, and there was a COVID-2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18 [Narrator: there wasn’t]. COVID-1 via -18 didn’t shut something down, however whoa, COVID-19, regardless that it’s 99.8 % survivable. Why didn’t we shut down for the AIDS epidemic or the flu or the Spanish Flu or the hen flu or the West Nile flu or influenza yearly?”
Along with being clueless about each the naming of COVID-19 and the historic influence of plagues just like the Spanish Flu, Nugent additionally recited certainly one of his favourite passages of the conspiracy theorist playbook by doubting the precise dying toll from the illness.
“They declare 500,000 folks have died from COVID-19,” Nugent mentioned. “Bullshit. I imagine that medical experts in all 50 states have gone ‘I put down on the dying certificates that he died of asphyxiation, however they made me put COVID.’ ‘Effectively, this man was stabbed to dying, however they made me put down COVID.’ ‘This man was run over by a tandem gravel truck doing a four-wheel drift and the crows be pecking at your flesh, however they made me put down COVID-19.’”
In fact, there’s a cause that Nugent will not be a physician. Hell, the closest he’s been to the medical discipline might be being on the primary web page of Google outcomes for “Cat Scratch Fever” (though after a number of medical websites). However you possibly can nonetheless watch the nonsense-filled Fb Stay video under if you wish to see simply how off the rails he’s gone.