Anselmo undskylder igen offentligt
Tilbyder at trække sig fra Down efter bandet blev smidt af FortaRock festivalen i går.
Hans meget uheldige optræden ved Dimebash har i den grad startet en verdensomspændende shitstorm, og stormen har tydeligvis ikke lagt sig, men tog såmænd til i styrke efter FortaRock festivalen i går valgte at droppe Down fra årets line-up: “After the recent outbursts by singer Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event in the U.S., his band DOWN is no longer welcome at FortaRock… There has been close consultation between all parties recent days, since we wanted to make a well informed decision. On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act. We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism on FortaRock.”
Som følge af hans opførsel nu også har fået en mildest talt negativ betydning for de andre musikere, han arbejder sammen med, har han nu tilbudt at trække sig fra bandet, for ikke at stå i vejen og har udsendt endnu en offentlig undskyldning:
To all this will concern,
Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart.
It’s common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.
I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words.
My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.
My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on.
I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused.
I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.
From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.
With truth, love, hope & respect-
Philip H. Anselmo