BRIGHTON, ENGLAND—After internet mobs began relentlessly attacking Matt Redman for his "racially insensitive" last name, the singer has come forward to announce that he will be changing his name to "Matt Native American" to avoid the negative stereotypes associated with his previous surname.
"I apologize for anyone who has been offended by my name," he told reporters. "I realize now that it was inappropriate to use the name 'Redman' for so long, without thinking how it might make indigenous peoples in North America feel."
"These brave internet warriors have given me 10,000 reasons to change my name, and so I went ahead and did it," he added. "I only pray that we can all heal from this and move forward."
At publishing time, Redman had added that he's apologetic for all this controversy: "I'm deeply sorry for the thing I've made it."