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

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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

ROBB FLYNN

Footage from the Dime­bash show 1995: Phil’s got form Robb Flynn midy­outube rant

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