There have been accusations of bigotry following Taake for years now. Some of this results from lyrics which seem Islamaphobic (the band has said that “it is shameful to adhere to Christianity or Islam”); a lot of it results from the fact that in 2007, the band’s mastermind, Hoest, performed in Germany with a swastika painted on his chest.
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In response, Hoest has released the following statement:
“I have clearly explained many times throughout the years that me wearing a swastika once at a German concert was not at all meant to show support for the nazi ideology.
“It was all about doing something extreme for the sake of it, which certainly backfired.
“But it has now been 11 years and the band has even performed in Israel (!)
“Anyway, similar incidents have not happened in Taake’s 25 year long career and will obviously not happen again. But certain parties seem to find this cold case unforgivable nevertheless, insisting on wilful misunderstanding.
“So, once and for all, Taake is not a racist band. Never has been, never will be. Still claiming so is as ridiculous and unfounded as are the attempts at sabotaging our highly anticipated shows.”