Sunday, January 31, 2016

Vulgar display of (white) power

"Some of y'all need to thicken up your skin. ... No apologies from me." That was how former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo initially dismissed criticism of his behaviour at the end of this year's Dimebash, when he gave a Nazi salute and shouted "White power!" at the crowd. He seems to have reconsidered, though, when the backlash grew in volume and intensity, with Machine Head's Robb Flynn among those in the metal community to explicitly denounce his actions, and yesterday he uploaded a formal apology on YouTube, begging to be given "another chance". He also claimed that "anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don't believe in any of that" - fair enough, you might think, if it wasn't for the fact that he has a history of speaking out from the stage on the subject of white power. Hopefully, as Flynn hopes, those in the metal community might now stop condoning such moronic behaviour and attitudes - and those who endorse them.

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