During a show in Melbourne on Saturday, Rob Thomas offended fans by making a joke that was perceived as racist. “I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian,” Thomas said on stage. The comment was caught on video and posted to TMZ.
“I did not intend to make a joke ABOUT race,” he wrote. “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. 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 said I drank until I thought I was Australian. Then I drank so much that I thought I was a black Australian and then I drank so much I thought I was a little Australian girl. These were 3 things I chose at random to represent 3 things I’m not. I’m not Australian. I’m not black and I’m not a little girl. Again, if I had any idea of the stereotype I would have chosen another example. There was absolutely no malice even in jest.”
Read Thomas’s full apology below: