Steve Perry: I’m No Racist
Former Journey singer Steve Perry has strongly denied allegations from US comedienne Sarah Silverman that he’s a racist.
In a recent Playboy interview the controversial Silverman claimed that “the one-time lead singer of a very popular band from the 1980s” said to her: “You’re my favourite comedian. You have the best nigger jokes.”
Although Silverman didn’t actually name Perry, she made very clear to whom she was referring by adding: “I’ll just say this: After that, I stopped believin’.” This was inevitably taken as a play on the classic Journey song Don’t Stop Believin’.
Now Perry has responded. Talking to Rolling Stone, he says: “I’m really shocked. She was so friendly and so nice. I don’t understand why she would go there, it’s so bizarre. I don’t use that word, are you kidding? That’s so derogatory.”
Perry’s recollection of the incident is as follows: “I walked up to her after the show and I said, ‘I can’t believe that somehow you seem to be getting away with all these slurs and the n-word, I just can’t believe how you’re doing this’, and I looked at my friend and I said, ‘I can’t believe how she’s getting away with this’, and she looked at me and kind of smiled.
“It wasn’t like I was condemning her or condoning her, it was just that I can’t believe how somehow creatively she was making everybody in that club of all colours and all ethnic backgrounds laugh. That’s what it was.”
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