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Rob Thomas apologizes for racist joke

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/22/rob-thomas-racist-joke

Rob Thomas apologizes for racist joke

During a show in Melbourne on Saturday, Rob Thomas offended fans by making a joke that was perceived as racist. “I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian,” Thomas said on stage. The comment was caught on video and posted to TMZ.

After facing backlash from artists and fans, Thomas, best known as the Matchbox 20 frontman, posted an apology note to his Facebook page.

“I did not intend to make a joke ABOUT race,” he wrote. “I have seen people comment that after coming here for so long I should know that there is a connection between the indigenous peoples of Australia and a stereotype involving drinking. Embarrassingly, I truly didn’t. The joke I made was meant to be at no one’s expense but my own. I made a comment about drinking so much on the long flight over that i started to think i was something i’m not. I said I drank until I thought I was Australian. Then I drank so much that I thought I was a black Australian and then I drank so much I thought I was a little Australian girl. These were 3 things I chose at random to represent 3 things I’m not. I’m not Australian. I’m not black and I’m not a little girl. Again, if I had any idea of the stereotype I would have chosen another example. There was absolutely no malice even in jest.”

 

Read Thomas’s full apology below:

 
 
 
 
Rob Thomas

I would like to take an opportunity to further explain the comments I made in Melbourne last night.

First, please understand that I did not intend to make a joke ABOUT race. I have seen people comment that after coming here for so long I should know that there is a connection between the indigenous peoples of Australia and a stereotype involving drinking. Embarrassingly, I truly didn’t.

The joke I made was meant to be at no one’s expense but my own. I made a comment about drinking so much on the long flight over that i started to think i was something i'm not.

I said I drank until I thought I was Australian. Then I drank so much that I thought I was a black Australian and then I drank so much I thought I was a little Australian girl. These were 3 things I chose at random to represent 3 things I’m not. I’m not Australian. I’m not black and I’m not a little girl. Again, if I had any idea of the stereotype I would have chosen another example. There was absolutely no malice even in jest.

I was so ignorant to the situation that when I heard people groan I actually thought THEY were being racist. I didn’t know until TODAY that just the phrase ‘black Australian’ was racist all on it’s own. I sat in my room and I cried when I found out.

If I had said it anywhere in the world my intention would have been the same. To relate 3 seemingly unrelated things that I’m not. Things that have no connection to any stereotypes whatsoever.

I am truly sorry for how this came across, most of all to the indigenous people here. Australia has been so good to me for so long that I’m embarrassed I don’t know more about the history and the culture.

While I’m here I’m going to use this opportunity to rectify that. I promise you this

 

 l lose way way more respect when they back peddle then apologize then I do to an off colored joke. 

 

 

Faggot.

They need to get the sand out IMO.

Clearly Sinbad put him up to it. Dennis may have had something to do with it. Phone Post 3.0

And I think I'm scared, do I talk too much

I'm not accepting any apologies until he apologizes for his music. Until then he can kick rocks. Phone Post 3.0

Good to know Australia has as much of a crybaby problem as here in the US. Phone Post 3.0