Ozzy Osbourne 9/11 Interview; 'Crazy Train' Singer Says Off-Color Remarks Taken Out Of Context
Ozzy Osbourne is already backtracking on comments he made about 9/11 in a recent interview.
"It was my kind of craziness, y'know," Osbourne said. "The day after that happened, there was f---ing nobody in New York.
"I remember standing on the steps of the hotel. You know when you see an old cowboy film and that tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There was newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so f---ing weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn't know if it was an all-out thing or what."
But Osbourne made it clear in the same interview that he does not support terrorism or "crazy f---ers," like ISIS in particular.
Now, he wants to clarify his stance
"Several quotes were pulled from an interview I did for Shortlist that were taken out of context," he said in a statement (via NME). "I apologise to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone - that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realise that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned."
Shortlist writer Eddy Lawrence also released a statement: "As I understood it in the context of the interview, Ozzy was talking about his nervous anticipation of the days that followed 9/11 and the chaos that was unfolding, not about the attacks themselves, and certainly not that he was excited in a happy way. We'd discussed Black Sabbath's anti-war lyrics earlier in the interview, and I think Ozzy's comments about ISIS show that he thought the events of 9/11 were horrendous."