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Esquire Magazine: We Weren't Making Fun Of Dimebag's Death

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Esquire magazine has issued a response to the criticism of its April 2005 issue in which writer Brian Frazer appeared to be poking fun at the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The last page of the magazine contained an article headlined "This Way Out" featuring a pyramid of "Recommended Daily of Vice." At the top was a section called "Use Sparingly" and in it was "Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA." A scan of the Esquire page in question can be found at this location.

In response to countless letters from Dimebag fans criticizing the article, Esquire has sent out the following form letter offering their explanation for the story:

"We're sorry you're offended by the 'This Way Out' page in the April issue of Esquire.

"We do want to point out, however, that the target of the offending joke was not Darrell Abbott. We feel nothing but sympathy for his friends, fans, and family. The target of the joke was the deranged man who shot him. His was a horrible and reprehensible act, as are many of the other 'vices' mentioned in the article."

Source: Blabbermouth

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21 Comments on "Esquire: We Weren't Making Fun Of Dimebag's Death"

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1. IBeatUpGoths writes:

SO ESQUIRE APOLOGIZED TO A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY DON'T READ THEIR MAGAZINE ANYWAYS.

WHAT IDIOTS

THEIR MAGAZINE HAS ALWAYS SUCKED, FORGET ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. badluckmaniac writes:

bastards f***in lairs thats straight up bullsh** if ive herd it
f*** THEM thats still messed up they knew what the f*** they were saying

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. 3rdarmswing writes:

didnt you just contradict yourself IBEATUPGOTHS you just said they were writng it in a magazine that people wouldnt read but you must have read it if you think it sucks or were you just trying to insult them with out reading it.i personally think the column was bullsh** but i just found what you said ironic.

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZerO writes:

yea,that column was bullsh**, but what can you do?

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Richard Turner JR! writes:

PHIL A WAS THE REASON THAT PANTERA BROKE UP TELL ME DERFERENT!!!!!!

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. gnrfan11 writes:

i miss dime! i think that pantera would eventually get back 2gether if he didnt die

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. gnrfan11 writes:

phil is the sh*t dont try 2 insult him!

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. metal is the answer writes:

yeah, i got one of those emails, they shouldve been more clear, im still mad, but i guess ive cooled down now

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. marcus writes:

i think people are overreacting a little too much concerning the article in esquire. i think if anything, it was only insulting the man who shot dimebag.

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. 3rdarmswing writes:

i do agree people are takin this way to serious.its just an article.i bet if it was someone else it would be hilarious to the people who found it disrespectful.im a huge pantera fan but come on its just a magazine.and phil wasnt the reason he got shot.he said what he said but he didnt buy the gun or give the ammo.thats like blaming violence on movies and video games.but i do think phil is an egotistical f*** and if youve been to any shows you meet everyone else but phil true he might come out for a few but not to often.

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. 3rdarmswing writes:

if you werent there you cant placethe blame you read each sides of the story you just chose to believe one of them.well never know what actually happened,but we do know it was alot worse than what were lead on to believe.i mean the dude wasnt even allowed to the funeral.

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BLACKDOG writes:

I was upset about it but what can I really do about it ? In the end if it was a joke it was sick ,insensitive and uncalled for.If they meant know harm then it should have been thought out much more carefully.Either way it's a sighn of incompetence on the editors part to let it see print.

# Apr 23, 2005 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. nemesis3251 writes:

I don't think we (the dimebag fans) were over reacting. We were reacting exactly how we were suppost to. Dimes meant and still means the world to some people, and his death shouldn't be laughed at or poked fun of in any way. Not while we're still here.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. nuthagel writes:

yeah me 2!!! so kill em all dude, shoot them till their f***... a$$ face to the grund , KILL EM ALL!!!!

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 9:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bloodbornterror writes:

hey i got a real sad response to the email i sent to esqueer. WHAT A BUNCH OF MOROSE MOTHER f***ERS.

# Apr 26, 2005 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ozzyrulez writes:

man, that magizine sucks so much ive never heard of it!!! RIP Dime we miss you!!!!

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. ZerO writes:

how the hell do you spell magazine wrong? my god.

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. ozzyrulez writes:

well exuse thef#$k out of me!!! magazine, you happy now!!! get over it!!!

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 8:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. moshpitmadman87 writes:

Esquire magazine has issued a response to the criticism of its...shut the f*** up..to all of the people at Esquire magazine you can go f*** yourself you knew what you said and your just 'apologizing' because everyone wants to kick your f***ing ass..........................LONG LIVE DIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. ME writes:

YEAH THEY SHOULDNT MAKE FUN OF ITS DEATH WHATS THIS MAGAZINE ABOUT ANYWAY. I KNOW THIS DUDE WHO DOESNT LIKE PANTERA BUT HIS A FUKKIN POSER HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE PANTERA AND HE WAS ALSO MAKING FUN OF DIMES DEATH HE SAID IT WAS FUNNY HOW THEY SHOT HIM AND FOR DOING THAT sh** HE GOT HIS a$$ KICKED BY A BUNCH OF HUGE PANTERA FANS THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR MAKING FUN OF DIMES DEATH OR SAYIN PANTERA SUCK

LIVE LONG DIME

AND PANTERA 4 EVER

# May 4, 2005 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Knight writes:

that's f***ing disrespectful to the dead...i hope they get f***ing shot, so that i can "poke" fun at their death

# May 4, 2005 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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