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Ozzy Osbourne Catches Controversary for 9/11 Comments

Lisa Sanchez
Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most prolific and well-known heavy metal artists of the last several decades. However, his proclivity for absurdity is as well known as his many musical abilities. This past week Ozzy gave an interview to Shortlist, an all-things entertainment news site, where he discussed hair care, his past substance abuse, and his musical persona. In the mix of conversation, Ozzy mentioned he was in New York when the 9/11 attacks occurred.
Upon mentioning this apparently previously unknown detail, the interviewer asked Ozzy if he was afraid when the attacks happened. Ozzy answered in stride:
"I wasn’t scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y’know. The day after that happened, there was fucking nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and – 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 fucking weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn’t know if it was an all-out thing or what."
Ozzy went on to liken the experience to the U.S.'s current dealings with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the group's political effect on the world stage:
"But I hope this Isis lot don’t get going. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s in mankind to try to kill each other for one thing or another. And I think sooner or later one of these crazy fuckers is going to get a nuclear weapon or some fucking thing, and fuck a lot of people up. That’s in our nature. I hope it won’t happen, but it looks like it could happen if they get it."
The comments in the interview seem fairly banal coming from a man who was banned from Texas for pissing on the Alamo. The 9/11 snippet remained relatively unnoticed until UK news outlet The Mail Online reprinted the statements on Thursday, October 9. After spreading Ozzy's comments, the singer issued an apology for the perceived insensitivity and overall bad taste of his statements:
Firstly, I never spoke to ‘The Mail Online.’ Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create ‘The Mail Online’ story [about 9-11]. I apologize 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 realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.

My representatives have asked ‘The Mail Online’ to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant ‘The Mail Online’ put on the story.

Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you.
In the wake of the Black Sabbath singer's quote, the whole thing seems to be blown out of proportion by The Mail Online and by the backlash as well. To just look at Ozzy as a person shows someone who grew up in a ravaged post World War II England, and understands the effect attacks on one's own soil. Ozzy Osbourne is a man who has done every drug known to man and has blood that could blow the minds of even the most hardcore Kesey experiment participant. In the end, Ozzy's comments were not the most solemn or reverent, but they were not dismissive or derisive in the situation. He was asked to describe his own reaction to the events, which he gave in spades. His perceptions are different than what most other people may have been feeling in the situation, but it's difficult to fault the man for his own mental state.
The situation is anticipated to blow over with minimal to no damage done to Ozzy's reputation. As of this writing, the singer has reported no plans to urinate on the Ground Zero Memorial.