Rocker Josh Homme has hit back at claims he is a homophobe, after he called a concert-goer who threw a shoe at him onstage a "faggot".
The Queens of the Stone Age rocker reacted with fury when he was hit during a gig in Norway last week (12Jun08), and unleashed a torrent of abuse at the culprit - calling him a "chicken s**t f**king faggot" and "a miserable f**king c**t".
After he was criticised for using the term, Homme posted an open letter online, defending himself.
It reads, "My gay family and friends, as well as myself, know I am not a homophobe. For years now I've known gay is not a choice.
"You see, it's not the words, it's their intent. I never said, nor suggested, that being gay is wrong."