Ozzy Osbourne Sparks Controversy After Comments About 9/11
The musician, famous for eating bats on stage back in his hey day, was in New York when the attacks happened.
“I wasn’t scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y’know,” he said.
“The day after that happened, there was f*cking nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and – you know when you see an old cowboy film and that tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There was newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so f*cking weird,” he continued.
“Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn’t know if it was an all-out thing or what.”
The interview was conducted by Eddy Lawrence,. He has since issued a statement clarifying that the singer was not “excited in a happy way”.
“As I understood it in the context of the interview, Ozzy was talking about his nervous anticipation of the days that followed 9/11 and the chaos that was unfolding, not about the attacks themselves, and certainly not that he was excited in a happy way,” wrote Lawrence.
“Earlier in the conversation, we’d discussed Black Sabbath’s anti-war lyrics and I think Ozzy’s comments about Isis show that he thought the events of 9/11 were horrendous.”
It does seem that there has been a misunderstanding among some news services, Osbourne was forced to stress that his comments have been taken out of context by several broadcasters who had criticised him.
“I apologise to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel,” he said in a statement.
“Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone – that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realise that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.”
Whilst he may be a lot of things, including a hilarious and totally awesome performer, we doubt very much that he is pro terrorist or was in any way pleased by the events of 9/11. It’s much more believable that he was just trying to convey the extreme emotions he felt during what must have been a very intense and confusing time for everybody in New York.