Michigan-born rocker Ted Nugent struck a nerve today when he savaged the popular Pure Michigan tourism campaign and criticized Holland’s Tulip Time Festival in a radio interview.In addition to there being no "Hash Bash hippies" running the Pure Michigan campaign, Nugent is wrong about there being no videos about hunting and fishing.
Nugent said during a telephone interview on the Lansing-based syndicated program “Michigan’s Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels” that liberalism and political correctness prevent Pure Michigan officials from highlighting in its ads what he said are the state’s biggest draws — hunting and fishing.
“How dare the Pure Michigan campaign not mention any of that because some Hash Bash hippie in charge of Michigan’s promotional campaigns is afraid to put a dead salmon, or a dead grouse, or a dead deer on the tourist brochure; but will put paragliding and tulip festivals on that brochure when no one is going to come to Michigan to go hang gliding or to go to the tulip festival?” Nugent asked.
“We certainly have a hunting and fishing effort,” [spokeswoman Michelle Begnoche] said.She's not kidding. I found six videos with fishing in their titles on Pure Michigan's YouTube channel, six more that mention fishing in their descriptions, and one that mentions both hunting and fishing. That's way too many to embed. Instead, I'll just post the one that Old Motormouth should have seen just sitting in his living room and watching TV this month.
The agency launched a digital ad campaign focused on hunting and fishing last fall and has a TV ad focused on fishing that is part of its national campaign, Begnoche said.
Gone Fishing in Michigan | Pure Michigan
Published on Apr 6, 2012
When heading off to do something we love, "Gone Fishing" means many things - biking, golfing, boating and more.That may have been too subtle for Motormouth's taste. Instead, he may have had something more like this John Kerfoot parody that was posted today.
Pure Michigan: Hunting
spoof of the Pure Michigan ads, by John Kerfoot, highlighting HuntingWell, except for its pointing out what a coward and clown Nugent is.
Hat/tip to Eric B. at Michigan Liberal for pointing me to this story.
Crossposted to Daily Kos and Michigan Liberal.