Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas has come under fire for comments he made at his Melbourne concert at Rod Laver arena over the weekend.
He said, “When you get on the plane, on your way here, you start drinking. I keep drinking until I think I’m Australian. And then I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian.”
Austraian singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley wasn’t happy with the comments, saying on Twitter, “Rob Thomas always came across as a smart bloke to me, I guess I was wrong.”
It didn’t take long for Rob to feel remorse for his words – he wrote a lengthy apology on his Facebook page shortly after the concert.
“After the show in Melbourne tonight while backstage with some of my Australian friends, it was brought to my attention that I said something that is racist and insensitive. Please understand that although it is no excuse, I was completely unaware that in Australia there is a polarising social issue happening right now involving indigenous people and alcohol. I’m sitting here in my hotel room completely gutted that a joke that I made was much more relevant to the times in Australia than I realised.”
“I feel like a fool and apologise to all Australians.”
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