Rob Thomas Apologizes After Making Racist Remark at Australian Concert

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At an Australian concert, Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas made some ill-fated remarks that he claims, in a Facebook apology, were “not intend[ed] to [be] ABOUT race.”

Thomas told the Melbourne crowd Saturday night that he drank until he thought he was Australian and then that he drank until he thought he was black Australian.

The crowd began booing him in what was interpreted as a racist joke against Australia’s Indigenous Aboriginal people who have been stereotyped as drinking in excess.

Thomas claims he had no idea and wrote, “I sat in my room and I cried when I found out.”

You can read the lengthy apology post below: