Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas has apologised after making a racist joke during a solo concert in Melbourne.

Video found at TMZ

In a Facebook post, Thomas apologised after the Saturday night show saying “it was brought to my attention that I said something that is racist and insensitive”.

“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.”

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During the show at the Rod Laver Arena the American joked about how he coped with long flights by drinking alcohol.

“I’ve got the jet lag figured out,” he said.

“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.”

On Facebook he wrote: “To those I offended, I deeply, DEEPLY apologize!

“Everyone who knows me is aware that for the past 20 years I have been a fervent supporter of civil rights, so I am incredibly embarrassed by my ignorance.”

AAP

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