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Dimebag’s Ex-Girlfriend Says Robb Flynn Was “Butt Hurt” Over Encounter With Phil Anselmo


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Rita Haney—the longtime girlfriend of late Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag Darrell Abbott‘ and one of organizers of the recent ‘Dimebash‘ event—has now lashed out at Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn for publicly condemning the racist gestures and remarks former Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo (also of Down/Superjoint, etc.) made while onstage at the ‘Dimebash‘ event last weekend.

Earlier this week, Flynn himself posted this video statement, outlining his disgust with Anselmo over his actions both onstage and comments he was said to have made to Flynn backstage—allegedly referring to Machine Head‘s nu metal phase as the ‘nigg*r era’ of the band. Haney has now commented at length on the matter. While she doesn’t condone Anselmo‘s actions, she does go on to express her unhappiness with the way Flynn aired his grievances with Anselmo and his inclusion of Pantera name as part of Anselmo‘s outburst. She posted via her Instagram:

“So to answer all of you that have asked.. and for those who didn’t.. read if you like, but if not, don’t…

I think there is really only one thing to say when a man apologizes.. “Thank you for acknowledging you were wrong” The one apology I am missing is the one from Mr. Flynn.. you took a “hideous” opportunity to hop up on a soap box because you were butt hurt about your personal encounters with Philip that night.. you sent me a text message about it in the wee hours of the morning.. and it did not have anything to do with racism.. I support the message you were trying to put out there but not the method behind your message… you masked your real problem with something very important and very serious..

You said to me, “what would Darrell do” ..He would have done exactly what was right… Speak to Philip man to man (like you described you witnessed at one time)… Not jump up in the press and hurt their music, our whole family and organization.. The last time I checked Pantera was not one man.. Rex, Vinnie, and Darrell brought us that music too… Now Philip has owned his mistake.. things ARE different today with racism and reverse racism.. And you were not just dropping “bombs” in your 20s.. You weren’t calling the kettle “black” not too long ago.. just as I have been guilty of myself!!!

There was wine along with many other bottles.. There was lots of joking around about Dave Chapelle with one of our best friends, Dug Pinnick.. and there were emotions that no one could understand, or experience about Darrell, that only his brother, Philip and Rex understand..It is a very heavy situation when any of us come together… Indulging happens.. None of these things can excuse that behavior tho.. but what happened on the stage was regretfully felt by one man… all jokes aside and on a serious note ..

As far as the two words and gestures are concerned, on such an amazing and beautiful night… NO!!! I do NOT condone these actions.. I believe their origins are barbarically hideous and embarrassing.. I have accepted Philip’s apology as I want a better world to live in.. The message is a “true” message Robb but sadly your method was not.. 💔”

Haney later commented on the same Instagram post:

“I am upset at Robb for including Pantera and their music as a whole.. And should I receive an apology.. Well I guess it depends on what it’s for and if it has a true method behind it 😊 Thank you though.. I have faith in both men.. We shall see.. I think they can both stand a harsh learning of their ABC’s – Action, Behavior, and Consequences”

Anselmo himself posted a second apology on the matter today, asking for fans to give him another chance. Given that the whole ordeal has brought to light more of Anselmo‘s past transgressions with racially intolerant comments and the flagrant usage of the seig heil by him at the 2016 ‘Dimebash‘ (it wasn’t a one time thing,) his apology has understandably not been met with universal acceptance.

So to answer all of you that have asked.. and for those who didn’t.. read if you like, but if not, don’t… I think there is really only one thing to say when a man apologizes.. “Thank you for acknowledging you were wrong” The one apology I am missing is the one from Mr. Flynn.. you took a “hideous” opportunity to hop up on a soap box because you were butt hurt about your personal encounters with Philip that night.. you sent me a text message about it in the wee hours of the morning.. and it did not have anything to do with racism.. I support the message you were trying to put out there but not the method behind your message… you masked your real problem with something very important and very serious.. You said to me, “what would Darrell do” ..He would have done exactly what was right… Speak to Philip man to man (like you described you witnessed at one time)… Not jump up in the press and hurt their music, our whole family and organization.. The last time I checked Pantera was not one man.. Rex, Vinnie, and Darrell brought us that music too… Now Philip has owned his mistake.. things ARE different today with racism and reverse racism.. And you were not just dropping “bombs” in your 20s.. You weren’t calling the kettle “black” not too long ago.. just as I have been guilty of myself!!! There was wine along with many other bottles.. There was lots of joking around about Dave Chapelle with one of our best friends, Dug Pinnick.. and there were emotions that no one could understand, or experience about Darrell, that only his brother, Philip and Rex understand..It is a very heavy situation when any of us come together… Indulging happens.. None of these things can excuse that behavior tho.. but what happened on the stage was regretfully felt by one man… all jokes aside and on a serious note .. As far as the two words and gestures are concerned, on such an amazing and beautiful night… NO!!! I do NOT condone these actions.. I believe their origins are barbarically hideous and embarrassing.. I have accepted Philip’s apology as I want a better world to live in.. The message is a “true” message Robb but sadly your method was not.. 💔

A photo posted by Rita Haney (@dimebagzhag) on

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