Phil Anselmo, the former singer of Pantera and current Down frontman may have felt the heat and backlash from some anti-Semitic words and gestures he made at Dimebash 2016. He tried to offer an explanation as to why he said the words “White Power” followed by some Heil gestures by blaming it as a joke with white wine. Not everyone in the world was buying that excuse especially Robb Flynn of Machine Head who immediately went on the attack with a video he posted explaining his disgust over the situation. I also expressed my thoughts as well to the situation saying that just because of who he was, it didn’t make it OK for him to do that. Now Phil Anselmo has posted a video begging for forgiveness from the metal community and anyone that was offended by the gestures. Here is what Phil says in the video,
Philip H. Anselmo here, and I’m here to, basically, respond to all the heat I’ve been getting that I deserve completely. I was at the Dimebash and it was extremely late at night [and] there was heavy-duty talk between myself and those who love Dime. And heavy emotions were flowing, jokes were made backstage that transpired upon the stage, and it was ugly, it was uncalled for. And anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe in any of that; I don’t wanna be part of any group. I’m an individual and I am a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what I said, because you should have taken offense to what I said. And I am so sorry, and I hope you just… Man, give me another chance to… Just give me another chance. I love all of you. And anyone who’s met me, anyone who knows me knows that I love all of you. Bless you.
I am not going to be Judge Dredd by giving the final say, but at least he now knows that he can’t get away with those things. He now knows that we are not going to accept those mindless gestures and just brush it to the side because of who he is. Phil needs to grasp the idea and the fact that everyone is held accountable for their actions. I am obviously going to let you be the judge of all that and if you choose to forgive him then that is your choice. Check out the video apology below: