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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn On Phil Anselmo Racism: “If You Weren’t Offended By That, Fuck You”

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 29 January 2016 at 21.00

Spot on.

Machine Head's Robb Flynn has responded after a video of Phil Anselmo performing a Nazi salute and shouting the words "white power" appeared online.

The whole video is below - and well, well worth a watch, but if you don't have time, we've picked out a couple of bits worth focusing on further down the page.

Flynn - who was at Dimebash last weekend - tells a story of a conversation he had with Anselmo at the show.

"Upon going backstage, I bumped into Phil and decided to strike up a short conversation as we were gonna play a couple of Pantera songs together. I - having toured with Pantera back in 1997, twice," he begins.

"Within 30 seconds of sitting down and talking to him, his drunk ass decided to let me know in no uncertain terms that he 'hated the n****r era of Machine Head', referring to our third album 'The Burning Red'. He 'hated every second of it, hated it with a passion, the stupid look...' I just laughed in his face."

"Who wants to start shit with you?" he continues later. "You're a big bully. A big, scary dude. But enough's enough. Enough's enough. Now, I haven't felt connected to the metal community for quite some time now, I don't get it.

"I don't get how this kind of shit is tolerated, I don't get how this shit is even blown off as acceptable. Brushed off as acceptable.

"Do I think we should go and lynch Phil Anselmo and call for his head? No! You're more than welcome to say all of that shit. You live in America. Freedom of speech. You're free to say, 'White power' and Sieg Heil all you want, but that freedom of speech doesn't allow you freedom from the criticism of that speech. Because that shit's wrong. It's fucking wrong."

"If you weren't offended by that, fuck you. Fuck. You. Fuck you," he concludes.

"There's no place for that in metal and if there is a place for that in metal, count me out. Count. Me. Out.

"Goodbye Phil Anselmo. I'll never be playing another Pantera song again as long as I live, and to the metal community that backs this bullshit, see you later. Count me out. I want no part in this any more."

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