Tony Bennett triggered a tsunami of controversy Tuesday by appearing on the Howard Stern show and announcing that Americans were to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” was part of what the singer said. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.” After a few moments of contemplative silence, Stern agreed that his guest had made “some good points.”
Now, Bennett -- who just celebrated his 85th birthday -- has issued an apology.
"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," he said. "My life experiences -- ranging from the Battle of the Bulge 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.
"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."
Certainly Bennett hopes that this statement turns focus back to his new album, Duets II, which he was originally out to promote when he made his guest appearance on the Stern show. What do you think? Is all forgiven? Take part in our vote.