Petition asks Toad’s Place to cancel Ted Nugent concert

A petition circulating on Facebook is asking Toad’s Place to cancel its upcoming Ted Nugent concert in the wake of ‘distasteful’ comments the rock musician made about slain high school student Trayvon Martin.

“We, the undersigned, ask that out of respect for the New Haven community, which is experiencing a great deal of grief as a result of the Trayvon Martin verdict, you cancel the Ted Nugent show scheduled for August 6th,” the petition reads.

Nugent, who is known as much for his music as for his controversial statements, drew the ire of Martin supporters after making condemnatory remarks about the teen, who was shot to death by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sandford, Fla. last year.

Referring to Martin as a “17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe,” Nugent went onto assert that the teen was “responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.” Nugent made the comments in a recent editorial published by conservative website Rare.

Despite the concerns expressed in the petition, the owners of Toad Place, a New Haven venue, said the concert will go on as planned.

Ticket for the show, which cost $35 in advance and $30 at the door, can be purchased online.

Scott Gargan