A video has surfaced showing Phil Anselmo being the racist his reputation has consistently made him out to be (for a more comprehensive summary of that reputation, see Metalsucks’ editorial piece on the matter here). Amid thunderous backlash, Anselmo has tried to brush the moment off as a joke taken out of context.
Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has plenty to say about it all in an eleven-minute video posted to YouTube earlier today, but the discussion certainly doesn’t end there.
As other bands begin to call the ex-Pantera frontman out, this situation should prompt fans to also turn a critical eye on the values and behaviors within the metal community that are still giving Anselmo, and people of his mindset, a platform.
Small as we are, the guys at Metal Lifestyle are lifelong metalheads. We do not tolerate racists in our bands and strongly believe that they should not be tolerated in the music we love.
- Metal Lifestyle Team