After Phil Anselmo (ex-Panther) at the 22. January brought before Dimebash in Hollywood on stage his arm in the Hitler salute and „White Power“ had launched public – reportedly an allusion to the white wine, he drank Backstage – has to now Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn provided a video message online. Robb called Anselmo in this Video as „great tyrants“, whose actions „were damn wrong“.
The Machine Head singer, has shared the stage with Anselmo and Pantera gecovert songs live frequently the countless times, goes into detail: „I was at Dimebash and can assure, that there was no backstage Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. The only, what you, Phil Anselmo, have drunk, war Beck’s, German beer. Maybe yes came because the joke ago? Do you understand it? German beer! White Power! insanely funny!“ Flynn goes in the following, eleven-minute video on the past Anselmo and criticized, that he himself as well as other musicians, members of the Metal-Industry and the fan scene could not have been expressed rather similar occasions. He would no longer be part of this characteristic silence. Robb further added:
„And, you know, the crazy thing is that out of all the things that are being said, the majority of people are just, like, ‚Oh, give him a bro. Here comes the PC police now and social-justice team.‘ And, ‚You all just need to thicken your skin and stop being such pussies when somebody screams out ‚white power‘ and 'victorious salvation.‘ ‚Liberal this‘ [and] ‚liberal that.‘ […] Only in the metal community is something like this so, so brushed off. If this was Chad from Nickelback, if this was Justin Bieber, if this was Tom Brady, if this was Lars f—ing Ulrich… heads would roll.“
If such behavior as that of Anselmo at Dimebash was tolerated for years, even beyond continues to be a Climate the Fear, Miss Lighted anzusprechen, die Metalszene dominiere, he would no longer be a part of it. In his video Flynn criticized the metal scene in total: In no other genre is a silence about such incidents by musicians and members of the scene, or. the active Demanding whose by a large number of fans, conceivable. This restraint, a „Icon“ to critisize, to be canceled out of fear for fun spoiler or Nestbeschmutzer, must stop. Robb concludes his statement by saying,: „Enough is enough. There are metal no place for such a thing […]. Goodbye, Phil Anselmo! I will never play a Pantera song again in my life!“