Joan Jett hits back at Ted Nugent: ‘He has to be in this body, so it’s pretty punishing’

As the American songwriter shared in the January 2022 issue of Legends, Joan Jett is a guitar god.

And his journey began in a guitar store when a salesman told him that women don’t play electric guitars.

Jett has proven people who say no (read: stubborn men) wrong all his life.

Next: Ted Nugent.

But first a bit of history – Last year, in December 2021, Nugent poked fun at Jett and his ability to play guitar. He said she didn’t belong on any list like the rolling stone greatest guitarists of all time.

Nugent made the comments during his YouTube livestream. He first praised players like Angus Young, Neal Schol, Tommy Shaw and Eddie Van Halen.

Nugent then said, “So I just mentioned killers, monster guitarists, huh? Some of the best that ever lived. But when you see Rolling Stone magazine’s list of greatest guitarists, they list Joan Jett but not Tommy Shaw.

He added, “How do you list the top 100 guitarists and not the Derek St. Holmes list? How are you doing that? You do it by lying. The same way you get Grandmaster Flash in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You do it by lying. You must be a liar. You have to have s— for brains and you have to be a soulless, soulless asshole to put Joan Jett… [I] love Jane. Some of my greatest memories include lesbians. I love lesbians; it is a cocktail of wonder.

Nugent continued: “[I] I love Joan Jett — “put another diamond in the jukebox, baby”; great rock and roller – but as a top 100 guitarist, but you don’t list Rickey Medlocke or Dave Amato [REO Speedwagon]. Really?… By the way, if Grandmaster Flash is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Joan Jett is on the Top 100 list of guitarists, then I’m Caitlyn Jenner’s toy.

Fast forward to this week. Jett was asked about those comments in an interview with NME and she replied, “Neither should he [be included on a list]. Is it his insinuation that he should be on the list instead of me? Well, that’s just typical – that’s what I’ve been through all my life, being disbarred. Ted Nugent must agree to be Ted Nugent. He has to be in this body, so that’s punishment enough.

Jett went on and commented on a story that Nugent escaped the draft during the Vietnam War. “He’s not a badass. He plays badass, but he’s the guy who has – his pants – literally – so he didn’t have to go to the army… So he’s the badass who runs through the America, stirring against each other?

Learn more about Jett in our interview HERE.

And learn more about Nugent in our interview HERE

Photo by Roger Erickson

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