Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has denied accusations of racism and support of white supremacy after a video emerged allegedly showing him making a Nazi salute at a recent gig.
The incident took place at this year’s Dimebash, a festival held in Hollywood in tribute to deceased Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.
After performing the thrash metal band’s classic hit ‘Walk’, Anselmo reportedly made a ‘Sieg Heil’ gesture to the crowd while shouting “White Power!” See footage from the incident below.
As Loudwire reports, Anselmo has addressed the controversy in a comment on the Youtube video, writing: “Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the ‘inside joke of the night’ was because we were drinking fucking white wine”.
“Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin,” he added. “There’s plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that’s that. No apologies from me.”
Anselmo served as Pantera frontman from 1986 to their split in 2003. He later formed supergroup Down.