'That was black humour - I'm not some fascist out to neuter people' - Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe
Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe has clarified his comments asking parents to "neuter and spay your feral children" after he was attacked by a group of youths in Dublin.
Writing in an Instagram post the metal singer relayed the details of the attack by a group of teenagers on the North Quay after midnight on Sunday, during which he sustained minor injuries.
Towards the end of his post, he wrote, "And Dublin- I still love you, I'm NOT afraid to come here, it's a lovely city, BUT... please neuter & spay your feral children, because next time they might club someone whose head isn't as hard as mine & kill them."
Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on his RTE Radio 1 show on Wednesday Blythe said the "neuter and spay" comments were "a bit of black humour. I'm not actually some sort of fascist out to like neuter people!".
He added, "By saying that I just meant be responsible for the upbringing of your children, because I was no angel and I got in some trouble growing up and boys will be boys, I'm not a perfect dude who never did anything stupid as a young man, but it never occurred to me to get a bunch of my friends together and say, 'Let's go out and smash someone with a stick' or whatever or beat someone up for fun."
He said the incident made him "sad" for the teenagers, who he estimated were aged 16-17, and rejected the notion that he may have been like them when he was younger.
"I definitely got in trouble for drinking and doing stupid things but it was never like gang violence, it was never random acts of savagery towards strangers," he said.
"It really starts at home I think with taking responsibility for your own actions and when not everything is going your way in life it's not always someone else's fault."
Blythe called on the teenagers' parents to take responsibility for their kids.
"It's Sunday night, it's past midnight, I'm assuming they go to to school in Ireland on Mondays, in the morning. If you're out running the streets with your friends, a whole group of you, where are their parents?" he said.
"Why aren't they saying, 'You should be at home, you should be getting ready for school in the morning'?"
In a further statement about the incident issues by Blythe on Tuesday night he said, "To me this indicative of a lack of proper parenting- we as a society are failing our children when we raise them in such an over-permissive manner that assaulting random people is considered fun."
Asked to clarify what he meant by "over-permissive", he said, "When I say over-permissing, my father would have killed me if he found out I did anything, if I got into any trouble out running around at night like this.
"These kids were not excited when they came at me, they did not look nervous, they looked calm, they spread out around me and it looked like something they were used to doing. This is normal behaviour."
Blythe also revealed a pickpocket had attempted to steal his wallet on the Ha'penny Bridge on a previous visit to Ireland.
"I've been around the world a bunch of times. I'm not some wide eyed tourist, 'Oh, this is lovely'. It's not like I've never been in a sketchy neighbourhood or anything," he said.
He added, "I'm disappointed myself because I should have known better. I don't have some idealistic view of Dublin. I've been there before and it's a lovely city but someone tried to pickpocket me on the Ha'penny bridge the last time.
"The Ha'penny Bridge is kind of a tourist thing and I'm walking along and a local said, 'Hey, watch your pocket' and some guy tried to lift my wallet. I shooed him away but that can happen in any city."
The 44-year-old star reiterated the fact that he would return to Ireland to perform in the future, and said he hopes to do some surfing in Inchydoney.