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Philip Anselmo On Confederate Flag: “These Days I Wouldn’t Want Anything To Fucking Do With It”


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Through the various merch and art associated with his bands Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, vocalist/guitarist Philip Anselmo has certainly profited from the usage of the Confederate flag over the years. The flag is currently a hot topic in the U.S., following its association with white supremacist Dylann Roof, who gunned down nine black people in a church shooting in South Carolina last month. Asked now about his views on the flag by Hardrockhaven.net, Anselmo offered:

“Uh, I think there’s some legitimacy to it, man. If it’s something that… you know, I guess… At my age… It is a symbol… It’d be, like, you know, would we be flying the Nazi flag? I don’t think so, because flags are looked at as… whether it be nationalism or symbols of something, you know? And, truthfully, you know, it’s like… I wish fucking everyone would get along. I wish that more than anything, but we all know, as logical human beings, that that’s pretty much impossible. You know, everybody has different ideas about stuff.

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I think, really, where the use of the rebel flag or Confederate flag with us really came from was our love of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and whatnot and shit like that, you know. There was never a time when it was okay to promote hate without a little bit of the tongue in the cheek, you know? It was never this blatant thing, unless I was completely out of my mind, which I was at points in time. And I’ll own that for damn sure, but that was a long-ass time ago. I’m coming up on 47 years old… and I think that if it’s upsetting enough to people in general, you know, I guess… This is tough to say without taking any side… Like I said, I can see where if people see it as a symbol of hate, then…

“These days, I wouldn’t want anything to fucking do with it, because, truthfully… I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t want much to fucking do with it at all, and personally, you know I would never… The way I feel, and the group of people I’ve had to work with my whole life, you know… You see a Confederate flag out there that says ‘Heritage, not hate.’ I’m not so sure I’m buying into that, you know? But I can look at any… People can point out flaws in any social group, any ethnic group, any ideology and anything like that, and being that’s, once again, because everybody has different ideas about things…

At this point in time, I just wish everybody would chill the fuck out man and realize, you know, maybe a good dose of love, for lack of a better word, would do us all friggin’ a lot better instead of pulling sides, taking sides. You know, everybody wants to have a firm stance on things, but maybe sometimes we should sit back and listen for a change, you know?”

[transcription via Blabbermouth]

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