Tony Bennett found himself at the center of some controversy after a comment he made about 9/11 was found to be insensitive by many. The legendary 85-year-old singer has just issued a statement apologizing for the nature of his remarks.
“There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country,” Tony said in the statement. “My life experiences — ranging from the Battle of the Bulge (in World War II) to marching with Martin Luther King — made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.”
He added, “I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world.”
Tony found himself at the center of a media firestorm after The New York Daily News quoted Tony from an interview he had with Howard Stern.
“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Tony told Howard on his Sirius Radio show while promoting his new album Duets II. “We were bombing them, and they told us to stop.”
“Who are the terrorists?” he continued. “Are we the terrorists, or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”