Rob Thomas apologizes for discriminatory remark made in Australia

By Wade Sheridan   |   Feb. 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM
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MELBOURNE, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas has taken to social media to apologize for a discriminatory remark he made while performing in Australia.

During a solo set Saturday in Melbourne, Thomas attempted to joke with the crowd stating "I keep drinking until I think I'm a black Australian."

After fans booed and the singer was deemed a racist on social media, Thomas attempted to clear the air on his official Facebook page Sunday stating that he "did not intend to make a joke about race."

"I have seen people comment that after coming here for so long I should know that there is a connection between the indigenous peoples of Australia and a stereotype involving drinking. Embarrassingly, I truly didn't," Thomas wrote. "The joke I made was meant to be at no one's expense but my own. I made a comment about drinking so much on the long flight over that i started to think i was something i'm not."

"I didn't know until TODAY that just the phrase 'black Australian' was racist all on it's own. I sat in my room and I cried when I found out," he continued before promising to learn from his mistake.

"I am truly sorry for how this came across, most of all to the indigenous people here. Australia has been so good to me for so long that I'm embarrassed I don't know more about the history and the culture. While I'm here I'm going to use this opportunity to rectify that. I promise you this!"

I would like to take an opportunity to further explain the comments I made in Melbourne last night. First, please...

Posted by Rob Thomas on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thomas will be stationed in Australia until March 6 as part of his "The Great Unknown Tour" with seven shows still scheduled.

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