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PANTERA’s Phil Anselmo Says “White Power” Incident Was In Response To Trolls Calling Him Racist

Posted October 16, 2016 by Josh Drespling in Empire Extreme News Feed

Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo is speaking in-depth for the first time about a video that surfaced earlier this year showing him shout “white power” and giving a nazi salute while he was on stage. Anselmo has provided new details about the incident that involves a group of fans in the crowd who allegedly repeatedly taunted him during his show.

“First and foremost, I do take full accountability,” he told Decibel for the magazine’s cover story in the December 2016 issue. “I’m not deflecting at all. What I did was insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent, because it did truly upset people, and it hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word — a racist. Anyone who truly knows me knows that it’s utterly ridiculous. But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associates, other people in bands . .. if I were to upset people in that particular way — that’s why I apologized. That apology is there — and no, you won’t get another one ever again.”

While giving an interview to Decibel magazine, Anselmo acknowledges he takes “full accountability” while pointing out that his on-stage incident was at least partially in response to a “couple of kids” who repeatedly called him “racist”.

Anselmo also acknowledges that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. In the video, you can see at least one person attempting to get Phil to leave the stage when he makes the gesture.

“First and foremost, I was absolutely smashed drunk,” he said. “No excuse, but I was. It was late and my mood was mixed because of the situation in general. We were honoring my dead, murdered guitar player and it’s still something that a piece of me has not come to grips with. I know people are reading this in black and white, but it makes my heart ache as I say it. Now, [from] the second I stepped on that stage until the bitter end of that night, there were a couple of kids with an absolute agenda constantly, all night long, calling me the dreaded ‘R’ word. ‘Racist, racist, racist,’ over and over and over-in between songs, during songs, during my stage banter. And I marked it: At 4:35 in the video, you can see my attention slowly beginning to get irked and agitated. By 5:10, you can see me actually eyeballing these people and engaging. They were 70 feet away from me screaming this shit. I even invited them up onstage and dared them to call me that to my fuckin’ face, and I said I would knock them out cold. You can check the video for yourself. Can you hear the kids? No, you can’t. But I most certainly did. And I’ve talked with people who were there who can corroborate because they were standing right next to them.”

Anselmo acknowledges that you can’t hear him being called a racist in the video but says he has witnesses who can corroborate it happened. So far, no-one has come forward to back up his account, and Anselmo doesn’t really explain why shouting “white power” is a sensible response to people calling you a racist.

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