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Tom Morello and Ted Nugent have long been known as friends in the rock world, but considering both guitarists are absolute polar opposites politically, their friendship is still a head-scratcher to many.

Morello touched on this topic in a new interview with NME saying, “I reserve the right to confront opinions I disagree with, with open-heartedness and love, or by throwing a brick. That’s up to me.”

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He continued, “In the case of Ted, I know he’s become this right-wing caricature but there have been several times where I have reached him on issues that you might be surprised about. But he is still crazy uncle Ted who says all sorts of s—.”

Morello added, “It can be important to keep an open dialogue with people you disagree with, especially in this global community of disagreements. Sometimes it’s just as important to block them, though.”

And as we inch closer to November and closer to Thanksgiving where many of us will be visiting with family, perhaps we all need to keep in mind that if Tom and Ted can be friends, maybe we can get along with our quirky relatives.

 

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.