Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has denied accusations of racism after he was caught on video throwing an alleged Nazi salute and shouting “white supremacy” at a recent show.
The veteran artist made the inflammatory gestures after a performance of Pantera’s “Walk” at this year’s Dimebash, an all-star tribute to the hard-rock band’s late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. The video has had more than 260,000 hits and can be below.
Anselmo has blamed the wine.
As Loudwire reports, Anselmo has addressed the criticism in the comments section of the YouTube clip via Housecore Records’ account: “Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the ‘inside joke of the night’ was because we were drinking f—ing white wine,” he writes. “Of all f—ing things. Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin. There’s plenty of f—ers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I f—ing love everyone, I f—ing loathe everyone, and that’s that. No apologies from me.”
It’s not the first time Anselmo has had to deny he’s a racist. The Metalsucks hard-rock news site has taken him to task for the latest incident with an editorial, posted under the headline “The Metal Community Must Stop Letting Phil Anselmo Off the Hook for His Racist Remarks.”
The editor writes, “There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that Anselmo is just kidding around; if anything, the fact that this issue has repeatedly reared its ugly head throughout the course of his career suggests that not only does he believe what he says, but he believes it so strongly that he can’t help but let it out, even when he knows it makes him look bad. That‘s why he can condemn the Confederate flag and then six months later give the Nazi salute; he knows he’s supposed to condemn the Confederate flag, but his feelings about various minorities burn like a scalding hot piece of coal in his hand, and he simply must drop it.”
Anselmo, who served as Pantera frontman from 1987 until their split in 2003, continues to front the group Down.
The Dimebash at Hollywood’s Lucky Strike Bowling benefited the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and paid tribute to Abbott, who was shot dead on stage at an Ohio concert in December 2004.