Dropkick Murphy’s vocalist Al Barr recently came under heavy fire for using a homophobic slur in a promo video for the upcoming Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin. The video has since been removed, and Barr made a public apology on the Dropkick Murphy’s Facebook fan page saying:
” I just wanted to address the negative comment that I made. First off, I’d like to apologize for using the term that I did. By no means did I intend for it to cause any hurt or harm, I now fully realize how insensitive it was.”
Al then went on to talk about how the Murphy’s and himself are not homophobic. Saying that their 16 year track record of fighting for human rights, and against injustice for all people proves that. Which is correct, Al Barr and the Dropkick Murphy’s have indeed done a lot for various communities. The word he used was offensive, especially when the gay and lesbian community in the United States are in an uphill battle for basic civil liberties. However, it is being blown way out of proportion by some people and media groups alike. Al Barr apologized because the man is sincerely sorry. Not because of some PR mess. I think people need to lower the pitchforks and torches, and move on.
We typically don’t report stories that seem very TMZ like. The last thing I want to do is turn the site into some sort of Celtic Punk tabloid. Though I would like to send some paparazzi to follow Finny McConnell around to see if he does indeed like Tim Horton’s. In all seriousness, this story just seems too big not to talk about.