As a practicing Jew and a fan of heavy metal, I found Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual mainstay Phil Anselmo’s most recent onstage antics both offensive and disappointing—though maybe not for the reasons you’d think. It’s not because throwing up a Sieg Heil while declaring “white power!” is as hateful, troubling, and potentially dangerous as it’s always been, but because in this day and age—to a kike like me, at least—it’s just fucking boring.
I’ve heard and seen it all before, so there’s no need to dwell long on Anselmo’s latest dumbassery, because anything that needs to be said, has been. He isn’t the only one to get caught during such outbursts, of course, although the levels of apology from other metal personalities have been varied in their degree of sincerity, effectivity, and existence. Take Mr. Varg Vikernes: I often see the Burzum bad boy’s mischievous smile in photos, and it’s so infectious that I sometimes forget he’ll likely never walk back from the belief that all Jews, myself included, should be exterminated. During interviews, he gets this wistful twinkle in his eye when recounting Norwegian black metal’s heyday, as if lost in the high school memory of a game-winning touchdown play. It’s just so congenial before he invariably cuts to the chase.