Rod Stewart at 72 can sing well enough, but has he lost his head? That’s what some suspect after he posted a video in which he mimicked an ISIS-style execution.
“From re-enacting the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out ‘Game Of Thrones,’ we were simply larking about pre-show,” Stewart said Friday. “Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.”
As reported by Salon, “the video was posted to the Instagram account of his wife, Penny Lancaster. The 46-second clip showed Stewart and his friends strolling across a sand dune. While his wife slid down the sand dune, and a group gathered around him, Stewart could be seen ushering a man to the ground, holding him by the hair and making slicing motions across his neck. The other people in the video could be heard cheering and laughing.”
Now deleted, the video took its expected hits.
But some argued that it was clear that the singer was just having a laugh, Salon said.
“Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, a fan of Stewart’s, wrote: ‘I can’t think of anything more unbearably vulgar than demanding good taste from our rock stars.’ She added that longtime fans of Stewart would simply see this as ‘yet another amusing addition’ to Stewart’s sense of humor.”
The funniest social media reaction was this:
“Isis apologise after video released showing a brutal reenactment of the ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’ video.”
Isis apologise after video released showing a brutal reenactment of the “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” video#RodStewart
— dan robbins (@danro_art) March 3, 2017
Rod Stewart trending at No.2 on my Twitter. ISIS don’t get this much attention when they literally execute people.
— Sheanderthal (@Sheanderthal) March 3, 2017
2017. The year Rod Stewart’s life spiralled out of control. pic.twitter.com/yJs39TGOxU
— Danny (@Sheehan94) March 3, 2017
“Rod Stewart insists ISIS-style beheading video was just Game of Thrones roleplay”
2017 is shaping up to be a cracker.
— Kevin Q Anderson (@KQAnderson) March 3, 2017