The Dickies post response to Vans Warped Tour backlash

Posted by on June 29, 2017

Punk rock band The Dickies have been around for 40 years now, and as one of the bands playing a handful of shows on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour, attracted their share of attention. However, it was for all the wrong reasons. Video has surfaced of the band’s show on their last day of the tour  on Sunday, June 25th, where frontman Leonard Graves Phillips uses derogatory language towards an audience member, trying to get a crowd chant of “blow me” going and calling her, among other things, a “fat c*nt.” Authentically punk rock? Perhaps, but also pretty offensive, especially for a tour in which many of the attendees are still in their mid-teens. 

It didn’t take long for there to be a backlash, and Kevin Lyman himself called it an unfortunate incident that the Warped Tour doesn’t condone. While they’d already played their last show, but he added that they were no longer on the tour. 



Today, the Dickies responded via a Facebook post, and while Phillips apologized, he only apologized for the “c*nt” comment, saying that he was provoked and reacted in the heat of the moment. Reaction is mixed, with even some of the band’s fans claiming that it’s offensive and others stating that the band’s been doing what they’ve been doing for so long that it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, seems like Warped and The Dickies might not have been a great fit. 

[via Alternative Press]

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