British rocker Pete Doherty apologized after offending crowds at a gig in Munich, Germany. The Babyshambles frontman performed the German national anthem, but included the verse “Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles”, which translates to “Germany, Germany above everything”, bringing out boos from the crowd.
Doherty’s spokesperson said the guitarist was “unaware of the controversy” surrounding the verse. “[Doherty] deeply apologizes if he has caused any offence,” the spokesperson said. “Pete himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organizations. This is a subject he feels very strongly about.” Doherty’s grandfather on his mother’s side was Jewish.
Watch a report from ITN, featuring the audience reaction to the moment, below.