Superjoint's Phil Anselmo

Phil Anselmo Speaks On The Fallout From His “Off-Color Joke” At 2016 ‘Dimebash’


With some years having passed and numerous apologies having been issued since his infamous usage of racist gestures and remarks at the 2016 ‘Dimebash‘ event, Phil Anselmo seems to have largely weathered the controversy that ensued.

He gave his side in this 2016 interview and while some have chose to forgive him for his actions, they do in part still haunt him—shows in New Zealand earlier this year were cancelled as lingering backlash to his 2016 outbursts.

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In a feature published today, May 07th, by Kerrang!, Anselmo was asked if that 2016 incident is something he feels he’s moved past, to which he replied:

“I feel like it’s ridiculous. I made an off-color joke and ‘Boom!’ – it’s like I’m literally Hitler! I’m not. I take each individual one at a time, in the way that any logical individual will. I have love in my heart. Over the years I’ve learned to take the first step with love and to put good faith first. I get along with everybody. If there’s any doubt about my political leanings, people should get it out of their heads.

I was raised amongst a dazzling [cast of characters] from the theatre, from the mental hospital, from all walks of life – all colors, creeds and kinds. It’s absurd to me that anyone in this day and age would judge anyone by the color of their skin, their heritage or their religion. I’m a harmless guy. I’m a reactionary, not a troublemaker.”

When asked afterwards if he would trade success for anonymity, he replied:

“I’m a realist. What has happened has happened. What is going to happen is going to happen. What am I supposed to do about it? Am I supposed to re-live shit, or rewind time? Erase people’s memories? If you stack what I’ve done up against all the horrible things that have been done on this earth, I’d hope that I’d come pretty low on the list. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. My heroes are everybody.”

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