Phil Anselmo granted his first proper interview since his now infamous usage of racist gestures and phrases at this year’s ‘Dimebash‘ event to Decibel Magazine, and the entire chat is now online. Phil discusses the upcoming Superjoint album, and other music that’s in the works, but this is the first time he’s opened up about that night in January, and it’s a must read. I’ll post a few excerpts below, but if you want to read the open and honest interview with the legend in full, head to Decibel Magazine.
Phil on being called a racist: “First and foremost, I do take full accountability. I’m not deflecting at all. What I did was insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent, because it truly did upset people, and it hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word—a racist. Anyone who truly knows me know that it’s utterly ridiculous. But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associations, other people in bands… if I were to upset people in that particular way—that’s why I apologized. That apology is there—and no, you won’t get another one ever again.”
He continued, “Should I have done it?. Hell fucking no. Would I take it back? Absolutely. But my sense of humor is dark and my temper is and always has been volatile, so I reacted. I reacted in an ignorant way. I own it. But do I believe in it? That’s ridiculous.”