Kerrang Awards presenter apologises to BABYMETAL in the new Kerrang Magazine issue
BABYMETAL was featured for second consecutive week on Kerrang Magazine, this time Kerrang published new content from the Kerrang Awards 2016 where BABYMETAL won "Best Live Band" Award, also features an apologise from ceremony's presenter Benji Webbe from the band Skindred, check the scans below.
BABYMETAL at Kerrang Awards 2016 featured in the new issue of Kerrang Magazine
BABYMETAL at Kerrang Awards 2016 was featured in a few pages of the new issue including a big statement from Benji Webbe presenter of the award ceremony who interrupted BABYMETAL's speech for their "Best Live Band" award. Check Kerrang's article about ir, plus Skindred's PR and Benji's statement:
From Kerrang: After receiving complaints about Skindred frontman and K! Awards presenter Benji Webbe's treatment of BABYMETAL, we reached out to him, and this is what he had to say...
When Skindred frontman Benji Webbe co-hosted the Kerrang! Awards alongside Justing Hawkins on June 9, he caused some controversy over how he interacted with BABYMETAL onstage. We approveched his PR company for comment, and they sent us this statement...
"Following a torrent of racial abuse aimed at Skindred frontman Benji Webbe after the Kerrang! Awards - where he was hosting, and jokingly interrupted BABYMETAL's acceptance speech, for which he immediately apologised - the singer now feels there is a need for another statement. 'On the night, Benji joked with all artists collecting awards, as you woul expect, which was why he was asked to host the awards. However, a clip of Benji interrupting BABYMETAL's acceptance speech has been posted on YouTube and circulated with incorrect and negative subtitles posted below, trying to portray Benji as a bully and calling him a racist.
Instead of him saying 'You fuckin' rock' to the band, the video has the words, 'You fuckin' around', and instead of him saying 'Arigato' meaning 'Thank you', they have put 'Heavy metal', while also editing out him shaking the band's hands and screaming the words 'BABYMETAL! Make some noise!' Instead, the video has the word 'Burn' written as if BABYMETAL are saying it, which we believe is trying to incite racism and hatred, that would receive no support from either Benji or from BABYMETAL."
Benji's statement: "A lot has been an mistranslated online about what I said to BABYMETAL. I am loud-mouth wich a mic, which I guess was why I was asked and was honoured to co-host the Kerrang! Awards. My banter was meant t obe light-hearted and funny. I was being rowdy all night with every act that came on the stage, that's my way. It was light-hearted and meant to be funny, but I also unerstand everyone has a different concept of what's funny, but I'm not inside everybody's head and, sincerely, I wasn'nt trying to hurt anyone. If I'm guilty of anything from that night it was for interrupting BABYMETAL's acceptance speech and being rowdy, for which I alongside, no harm was meant. With regoard to BABYMETAL. With regard to BABYMETAL, I did not realise how long they had been preparing and learning their acceptance speech in English, and, as a result, my banter must have been off-putting fo them, for which I immediatly apologised. None of its content was in any way racist of sexist, as suggested. To the contrary, I congratulated them as they left the stage and shouted their name as I was glad they won. In fact, I was stoked for them, as they are outsiders in what they do, as are Skindred. It's not in me to hate something who is different colour from me, as I know more than most what it is like to stick out from my peers. Myself and Skindred have collaborated with many Japanese acts and have had Japanese acts tour with us as our guests all over the world - we're huge fans Japanese rock music.
If anyone knows anything about my band at all, it is that everyone is welcome... that's our message and has been since the beginning, be them black, white, Asian, fat, thin, gay, straight, male, female or trans... there is no discrimination at a Skindred show.
In regards to the above, I apologized immediately afterwards and would now like to think the fans of both my band and BABYMETAL, and of rock music generally, understand that people trying to incite racial hatred should not be supported or given the time of day."
Kerrang! does not, and has never found racism acceptable. We thank Benji for hosting our awards, and congratulate BABYMETAL, once again, on their victory!
Check more content from this issue below!
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Scans courtesy of: Sentimental Night.