Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor has issued a public apology on behalf of his bandmate, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, who recently caused some controversy after using homophobic language on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s “The Jasta Show.” The comment in question came as Hinds was discussing a past tour with Disturbed, who he referred to as “gay ass shit.”
One of the people calling out Hinds was LGBTQ writer Morgan Y Evans (Metal Riot), who said the following while commenting on a photo of Dailor dressed as Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford:
“As an lgbtq supporter of the band who has seen you live 3x, written you up many times in magazines and effin flew once to NOLA to see you from NY State, it was super crappy today to see you all over the press w a member using homophobic language to describe a tour with @disturbed . Super not effin cool in 2021. Or is it just a costume to y;all, I love your music and am super pissed at the casual disregard and privilege it takes to still use g^y as a nagative [sic] word in 2021 and normalize that kind of association. Not supporting the band anymore unless there is a formal apology and will actively tell as many metalheads as I know, not that it will make a difference. But i would really like to see you reprimand that crap and own it. Not cool. Total BS. I literally bought the last cd copy of Lifesblood from you guys at contamination like 20 years ago and feel like total dog doo today after reading that Brent lazy bs.”
Dailor then issued the following apology:
“This really bums me out. I’m very sorry we hurt your feelings or anyone else’s, that is never our intention. We want our LGBTQ fans to feel safe listening to our music and coming to see us live. We also have no ill will towards Disturbed, they were always super cool to us on the Mayhem tour. I think that interviewer might have caught Brent on a bad day. Sorry for upsetting you or anyone else, we appreciate you and all of our fans very much.”
Jasta has since responded as well by taking down his interview with Hinds:
“This episode has been taken down. The point of the podcast is to talk to old friends, make new ones, throw some ideas around & maybe make a couple of those ideas happen. This episode was never meant to create division or stress @bhinds is my friend & I want nothing but the best for him.
He has a right to his opinion but once his words were being used against him I figured it was best to not let one crappy podcast take any shine away from a killer new album. We all have bad days that we don’t want broadcast & spun into something that it isn’t.
We’ll do it again down the line and it’ll be fun like the previous episodes with Brent have been. Love you Brent. Awesome job to you & everyone involved in every aspect of the new album.”
[via Metal Injection]