ROBB FLYNN CALLS OUT PHIL ANSELMO
AFTER PANTERA ’S PHIL ANSELMO DENIED BEING A RACIST, MACHINE HEAD ’S ROBB FLYNN TOOK TO YOUTUBE TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT
LAST WEEK, Machine Head’s Robb Fly nn took to Youtube to call out Phil Anselmo, after the former P a ntera frontman denied allegations of racism. It began when a Youtuber posted a clip of Phil Anselmo doing a Nazi salute and shouting “white power”, which happened after he performed Pantera’s Walk at Dimebash, the annual Dimebag Darrell tribute show, on January 22, in California.
A day after the video went live, the vocalist – who’s been accused of making racist comments several times over the years, and had to offer a public apology in 1995 after going on a rant mid-show in Montreal, stating rap music is “basically saying it’s okay to go out and kill white people” – took to the video’s comments section to defend himself.
“I’ll own this one,” he wrote. “But dammit, I was joking, and the ‘inside joke of the night’ was because we were drinking white wine, hahaha… Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin. There’s plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that’s that. No apologies from me. PHA ’16.”
Robb Flynn – who also played the tribute show alongside Dave Grohl, Rob Trujillo and Dave Lombardo – was left outraged upon reading the comment, and took to Youtube to argue that Phil defi nitely wasn’t joking.
“I was there, and I can tell you for a fact there was not a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio in sight backstage,” he stated in the 11-minute video, posted on Machine Head’s page. “In fact, the only thing that you were drinking, Phil Anselmo, was Beck’s German beer… maybe that’s where the joke came from, huh? Geddit? German beer… White power…”
After addressing Phil personally, Robb explained he’d spoken to him earlier in the evening, because they were due to play a show together, and, visibly drunk, Phil had shockingly said he “hated the ‘n****r-era’ of Machine Head”, referring to their The Burning Red album, which features Robb Flynn rapping. While the Machine Head frontman “laughed in his face” at the comments, he said the reason he felt strongly enough to respond was because these are gestures he’s “done forever now”, and nobody ever calls him on it.
“I’ve spoken to people on so many tours, like, ‘Why don’t you call him on it?’” he said. “‘Phil Anselmo’s up there Sieg-heiling and mouthing the words, ‘White power’ – why don’t you call him on it?’ ‘Oh, ’cause I love Pantera, man, and who wants to start shit with him?’ Exactly. Who wants to start shit with you? You’re a big bully. A big scary dude. But enough’s enough.”
After pointing out the issue of people turning a blindeye when it comes to racism in metal (“If this was Chad from Nickelback… If this was Justin Bieber… If this was Tom Brady… If this was Lars fucking Ulrich… Heads would roll”), Robb wrapped up his speech by saying he would stand for it no more. “If you weren’t offended by that [racist gesture]: fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you,” he said. “There’s no place for that in metal, and if there is a place for that in metal, count me out. Count me out. Goodbye, Phil Anselmo – I’ll never be playing another Pantera song again as longas I live. And, to the metal community that backs this bullshit, see ya later. Count me out. I want no part of this any more.”
Kerrang! approached both parties, but neither had an offi cial comment.
ÒTHERE’S NO ROOM FOR RACISM IN METALÓ