Who's sorry? Pete Townshend is -- well, sort of. After yelling at a 7-year-old girl during one of the Who's concerts last month, the band's guitarist penned a letter to the girl and her father to apologize.
At the Feb. 19 concert in Canada, Pete told concertgoers Eric Michael Costello, 50, and his daughter, Janey, to "f--k off" after seeing the young girl holding a sign that read, "Smash Your Guitar, Pete!" the Toronto Sun reports.
The young girl is a huge fan of the Who, but a grown man screaming in her face undoubtedly ruined the experience for her.
"I expect a 70-something-year-old man to respect the fact there's a 7-year-old girl standing in front of him," Costello said in an interview following the event.
"Whether it was directed to just me or both of us, you can't tell -- she was on my shoulders, and he was looking directly at us. But nobody talks to my 7-year-old daughter like that," he said.
"I'd like him to know in some small way he broke a little girl's heart," Costello continued. "Both she and I were huge fans of the band, and now I'm left trying to explain to her that heroes are not infallible. Instead of being this joyous, momentous occasion, it turned into a sad, regrettable kind of incident."
The exchange was caught on video, with Pete saying, "Don't wave that sign. Just don't wave it at me. Don't bring your children. I want to tell you two words, but I can't because you have a child on you."
Actually, he could, cause he then mouthed the words "f--k you."
Although Pete made a small semblance of an effort to apologize, he didn't do a very good job. In the opening line of his letter, printed in the Toronto Sun, he said, "Hi Michael and your daughter (I'm so sorry I can't find her name)."
And further into the note, he tries to take back his apology, saying, "[Y]ou did nothing wrong, ......but I don't think I did either -- however, I could have handled it differently."
Nice try, Pete, but maybe next time you should just not scream at little girls, then you could avoid this whole situation. - Elizabeth Larner
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