HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A heavy metal singer is asking for forgiveness after a video surfaced that showed him shouting “white power” and making a Nazi salute gesture.
A video posted to YouTube earlier this week shows former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo making the racial statement after playing a recent concert in Hollywood.
“White power,” Alselmo can be seen shouting after performing the Pantera song “Walk” at Dimebash 2016.
After the video surfaced on YouTube, Alselmo took to the comment section to state that he was joking. He claims to have been making a joke about white wine.
But other musicians have said it was not a joke. Alselmo has since issued another apology in a YouTube video posted on Saturday.
“Jokes were made backstage that transpired upon the stage and it was ugly, it was uncalled for and anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe any of that,” he said. “I don’t want to be part of any group. I’m an individual and I am 1000% apologetic to anyone to took offense to what I said, because you should’ve taken offense to what I said, and I am so sorry.”
Anselmo rose to popularity in the ‘90s as the lead singer of Pantera, a well-known metal band from Texas.