Superjoint's Phil Anselmo

Phil Anselmo Laments Internet Pile-On Culture: “It’s Fake And It’s Sociopathic”


During a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk‘s ‘Trunk Nation‘, Phil Anselmo delved deeper into those who condemned him following his usage of racist gestures/phrases at the ‘Dimebash‘ event last January. Anselmo repeatedly apologized for the ‘Dimebash‘ incident in the months that followed and later went onto state that it was a drunken reaction to alleged hecklers at the performance who had been calling him racist throughout the night.

Anselmo was particularly fired up during his ‘Trunk Nation‘ appearance and recently told Loudwire in the below interview how he’s been gauging the reaction to that aforementioned interview. Anselmo in a way likens the controversy that continues to dog him as a symptom of internet culture, where opinions are often knee-jerk and exaggerated. He also hints that some of his peers decrying his actions may not be so innocent themselves. He stated:

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“I’ve been sitting back and silently observing the scrutiny and the hypocrisy and the online, what you call I guess pile-on and you know I sit there and I’m like ‘ok, alright.’ It’s interesting to me, it really is interesting to me how many people I know in the music business that I could name by name, but I won’t because I got too much class for that who pretend to be virtuous and pure and pious and perfect in their lives. I’m glad that they know deep down inside they know who they are, they know that I know they are phonies.

To end this, when I apologized, I meant it. As far as anyone I may have truly offended… But in this day and age I have come way too far, my book is way… my life is open, I’m open about everything. You ask me about drug use, you ask me about anything in this world, I’m an open book. And I think that there is this online community and then there’s the real world. You know? There’s the real world. Over this past year I’ve seen that for my very own eyes that there’s an online community and then there’s real life.”

He later continued on regarding the tendency for people to instantly judge people and such via comment sections and social media online. He said that:

“It’s dangerous in the long run because it goes hand in hand with instantaneous everything—and that is where the internet is very interesting with Facebook and all this shit where everyone has a platform, everyone is an expert, everyone’s a fucking mind reader, everyone knows everything about everybody because they can look at a couple pictures and ‘I know you from head to toe from the beginning of your birth. I know your every thought.’ And it’s fake and it’s sociopathic.”