Music | April 20, 2021 1:36 pm

It Was Only a Matter of Time Before Ted Nugent Caught COVID-19

The musician, who previously called the pandemic a "hoax," has tested positive

Pictured: Ted Nugent on March 26, 2021 in Waco, TX.
Pictured: Ted Nugent on March 26, 2021 in Waco, TX.
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In news that probably should be surprising to no one, musician and far-right political commentator Ted Nugent has officially tested positive for COVID-19 after repeatedly referring to the pandemic as a “hoax.”

Back in December, Nugent referred to the virus as a “scammy pandemic” and told fans in a video message that people who wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus are “sheep.” Earlier this month, he asked his followers “Why weren’t we shut down for COVID one-through-18?” (Reminder: The “19” part comes from the year.) Naturally, not wearing a mask or observing any social distancing precautions eventually bit him in the ass, and he announced in a Facebook Live session on Monday that he had tested positive after experiencing some rough-sounding symptoms.

“I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days and I thought I was dying, just a clusterfuck,” he said. “Today is the 19th of April 2021 during clusterfuck pandemic … I was tested positive today.”

The musician also added in a few racial slurs and blamed China for the virus, saying, “I got the Chinese shit. My god, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days.”

It’s easy to make fun of Nugent for being such an idiot, but it’s no laughing matter when you consider the fact that he’s likely to spread it to other people. He insisted in the Facebook Live that he still will not get the vaccine because “nobody knows what’s in it.” (Spoiler alert: we do.)

“I ain’t taking no vaccine,” Nugent said last year. “You come at me with a needle and I will be in fear of my life. You know what I’ll do if you come at me with a needle. ‘Hi I’m from the government, this needle’s good for you.’ Fuck you.”

So while the schadenfreude is definitely real here, we unfortunately have no choice but to wish Ted Nugent a speedy recovery in the hopes that he can beat it before he inevitably spreads it to someone else. Let this be a lesson to the doubters: COVID-19 is very much not a hoax, and it’s a real clusterfuck.