Rob Thomas to meet indigenous photographer Barbara McGrady following racist 'joke'

Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas has agreed to meet with an indigenous Australian photographer, as he deals with the fallout from the racist remarks he made on stage in Melbourne.

The singer told concert goers at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night that he was dealing with his jet lag by drinking and would keep drinking until he was a "black Australian".

"What you do is, when you get on the plane on your way here, you start drinking. And then I drink until I think I'm Australian. And I keep drinking until I think I'm a black Australian," he told the crowd.

The remarks were said to have been met with groans from the crowd and the singer released an apology on his Facebook page after the gig, after it was brought to his attention backstage that what he said was racist.

"Please understand that although it is no excuse, I was completely unaware that in Australia there is a polarizing social issue happening right now involving indigenous people and alcohol," he wrote.

He released a further post the following day, attempting to explain his onstage "joke".

"I said I drank until I thought I was Australian. Then I drank so much that I thought I was a black Australian and then I drank so much I thought I was a little Australian girl. These were 3 things I chose at random to represent 3 things I'm not. I'm not Australian. I'm not black and I'm not a little girl," he wrote.

He also promised to learn more about Australian culture and history while on his latest tour.

"I am truly sorry for how this came across, most of all to the indigenous people here. Australia has been so good to me for so long that I'm embarrassed I don't know more about the history and the culture," he wrote.

"While I'm here I'm going to use this opportunity to rectify that. I promise you this!"

There has been outrage on social media over Thomas' onstage comments and indigenous photographer Barbara McGready has offered to give the singer a chance to make amends for what he said.

"Want to really make amends for your hurtful, ignorant and derogatory comments to what I gather to be a mainly white audience? Well then invite me to come photograph one of your Sydney shows," McGready wrote.

Thomas responded to the photographer, keen to make amends.

"Please follow me on twitter so that we can message each other and arrange to meet. I would welcome that," Thomas wrote on McGready's Facebook page.

The photographer then took to Twitter to confirm that the meeting has been arranged.

Rob Thomas has apologised for his racist remarks and will meet with indigenous photographer Barbara McGrady Photo: supplied

Rob Thomas has apologised for his racist remarks and will meet with indigenous photographer Barbara McGrady Photo: supplied

"@Rob Thomas has agreed to a meet up in Sydney," McGready tweeted.

Thomas has eight more concerts left in Australia including one on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night.

He plays Hope Estate on Saturday night.



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