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Phil Anselmo Addresses Backlash Over Controversial Incident

10/17/2016
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Phil Anselmo

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo says suggestions that he is racist are "utterly ridiculous." The former Pantera frontman hit headlines for making a Nazi salute and shouting "white power" onstage at a gig held in memory of Dimebag earlier this year.

He issued a video statement following the incident, saying it was an inside joke - but he says critics won't get anymore apologies. He tells Decibel (via Blabbermouth): "I do take full accountability. 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 - that's why I apologized. That apology is there - and no, you won't get another one ever again." Read more here.

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