Andy Parker plans to boycott Berglund Center over performer scheduled
ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - There's controversy surrounding an upcoming Ted Nugent concert scheduled at the Berglund Center.
Andy Parker is calling for a boycott of the facility.
Parker is the father of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, who was gunned down on live TV in 2015. He said in a statement that his family has "experienced the traumatic effects of gun violence."
The statement went on to say that Nugent, "has a history of vile and insensitive comments and actions. As an NRA board member, Nugent has served as the gun group’s chief dogwhistle officer, sending the message to extreme elements of the pro-gun movement that their racist, misogynistic, homophobic views are welcome within the organization."
Parker believes because of the area's history with his daughter's death and the Virginia Tech massacre, the Berglund Center has made a negligent decision to give Nugent a platform.
Parker crowdfunded a mobile billboard for several days near the Berglund Center that says "Boycott Berglund."
ABC 13 reached out to the Berglund Center. The general manager, Robyn Schon, said the following in a statement, "We will have an appropriate amount of security in place on the day of the show. Our priority is to ensure that our guests have a great experience in a safe environment. We are in the business of hosting diverse events that appeal to citizens of Southwest Virginia. Fans come to our concerts to hear the music of their favorite artists, not because of their political views. Ted Nugent is performing a concert, not hosting a political rally, and we do not discriminate against anyone, nor do we host events, based on their political views."
ABC 13 also reached out to Nugent's team for a comment. They have not responded.
Parker is planning a press conference on Monday followed by a die-in demonstration.