Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent has taken aim at Stevie Wonder over the soul legend's plans to boycott Florida until a controversial self-defence law is overturned, branding the blind musician "braindead".
The Superstition hitmaker pledged to avoid the state after a jury acquitted Neighbourhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman of the murder of unarmed African-American student Trayvon Martin earlier this month (Jul13).
Zimmerman shot and killed the teenager in February, 2012, but maintained he acted in self-defence after Martin attacked him - and an all-female jury agreed he was justified in taking the student's life.
Sickened by the verdict, Wonder vowed never to perform in Florida until state officials overturned their Stand Your Ground law, which allows a person to use reasonable force to defend themselves if they feel their safety is threatened.
The law was not actually used to sway the jury in the Martin/Zimmerman case, but it has come under renewed scrutiny since the trial, with several high-profile figures calling for it to be abolished.
Gun-loving outdoorsman Nugent is not among them, and he has blasted Wonder for taking a stand against the controversial legislation in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case.
Speaking on Massachusetts radio station Wxbr, he says, "So 700 black people, mostly children, young people, were slaughtered in Chicago last year, by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder... How braindead do you have to be? How strangled by denial? How dishonest? How cheap do you have to be, to focus on a clearcut case, where all the evidence... determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defence against the life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?
"And you're gonna focus on that clear and universally accepted act of self-defence, but ignore the black-on-black slaughter that's happening every day in this country.
"I will pray for Stevie Wonder and all these other numbnuts who think that Trayvon Martin's life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks... I don't even know what to do with that information .. What a soulful man Stevie Wonder once was. How do do you go from being one of the most soulful people in the world, to being absolutely soulless?"