Earlier this week, former Agalloch and current Pillorian frontman John Haughm came under fire for making an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook, which led to both of his Pillorian bandmates quitting the band, and his former Agalloch bandmates condemning him in a statement. Haughm has now taken to Facebook to issue an apology. He writes:

So it seems that every couple of years, I publicly say something monumentally stupid. In this case, I want to formally apologize for my unfortunate smart ass comment that I made in a private post on my Facebook page a few days ago. It was insensitive, juvenile, reprehensible, and thoughtless to say the least. My vitriolic sarcasm was aimed solely at Facebook's censorship and NOT to the Jewish community in any way, shape, or form.

One of my favorite memories of my career was when Agalloch visited and performed in Israel in 2011. The people, the culture, the hospitality, the atmosphere, everything was wonderful and I met several fans on that trip who are still dear friends of mine to this day. I had also recently been working with a promoter to bring Pillorian there after our second album. I very much have wanted to return and perform there again. Sadly this will never happen as Pillorian; a band formed by the 3 of us and not just me, is no more.

I regret my irresponsible actions and I am deeply sorry that I have disappointed my former bandmates, supporters, and fans all over the world. I will admit that I was wrong. it was a mistake. I have to own it now. Self-awareness has never been a strong point for me, and I need to work on that.

For now, I have decided to step away from the music business and especially social media. Music is my lifeblood. It is something I cannot ever stop, but perhaps it is something, for the time being, I need to do only for myself.

J. Haughm
28th of February, 2019

The controversy first started when Haughm posted a tribute to the late actor Bruno Ganz, who famously portrayed Hitler in the 2004 movie Downfall, and when Haughm later commented, "Glad to see that Jewbook hasn’t deleted my post like I have heard about other Ganz tributes."

Now-former Pillorian member Stephen Parker wrote "The personal views reflected by other musicians I may have worked with are not my own views; I don’t take any sort of racist speech lightly," and Haughm's former Agalloch bandmates wrote, "We vehemently condemn our former bandmate and want to make it clear that none of us share his reprehensible viewpoints." You can read their full statements here.

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