No. It was simply Doherty being D’oh-erty
At a gig in Munich this weekend (On3 festival), Pete Doherty sang the Nazi-endorsed version of the German national anthem, ‘Das Deutschlandlied,’
“Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” (“Germany, Germany above all, above all in the world“),
before getting booted off the stage. A live feed from a radio station washed their hands of D’ohboy a few seconds into his first song. The verse has been banned since WWII.
You might as well yell out Heil Hitler.
To his credit, Doherty did apologize for his error. And his spokesperson sent out a statement (but, of course!):
“He was unaware of the controversy surrounding the German national anthem and he deeply apologises if he has caused any offense … himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organisations including Love Music Hate Racism. This is a subject he feels very strongly about.”
Doherty has done his share with good projects like Love Music Hate Racism. But, if he felt that strongly about it he should have done his research.
I love the guy for the music he’s done but … D’oh!