I had the opportunity to meet the Nuge a few years ago. I was on a video shoot project for a local hospital that contracted with Ted to provide a public service announcement on the dangers of substance abuse.
Now, given that perspective I understand that colors my upcoming thoughts on Ted.
So, the arrangement for the shoot determined that it would happen in his trailer parked behind the stage at a local summer county fair – that also features a lot of big name music acts during the week. His son greeted us and was very polite and courteous, but he asked us to wait for a bit while they cleaned out the trailer a little. The “cleaning out” was basically carrying out dozens of gun cases (full, I’m sure) and stowing them near by in a neat fashion. Weird, but kinda cool too. I’m not so turned off by folks that like to own guns.
Fast-forward 20 minutes – we are all set up in Ted’s trailer, ready to go, when he makes his entrance. Rednecky-cowboy hat and all. Dude was straight up polite to every one of us. Offered us cold beverages – no alcohol, of course. I will say honestly that the Nuge had a way of putting us at ease. And, as media production folks, we don’t encounter that all that often. We’ve shot with Sheryl Crowe, LeAnne Rimes, Helen Hunt – Ted was probably the most down to earth of all of them.
I’m not sure why I am pointing all of this out. I’m well aware of his conservative stance and have never agreed with him on political points. This recent brew-ha-ha concerning his statements about Obama getting re-elected certainly comes off as pretty dumb and ill-advised. The dude is also a pretty infamous misogynist — also, not cool.
Whenever the Nuge appears on the 24/7 news cycle I, like most people, roll my eyes. While I don’t think he can be reasoned with in political matters, I have at least felt like he is a human being and kind of down to earth in a way.
I was never even a huge fan of his music. But of all the famous people I’ve met over the years, meeting Ted was one of the more positive experiences.