Robbie Williams is criticized for beating a pensioner in his new video
London, November 6, 2012
Robbie Williams has sparked fury among British activist groups after having beaten a pensioner in his latest music video “Candy.”
The Take That star has been criticized by activists of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) on the promotion of the video and making jokes about the images during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show last Friday.
During the TV interview, Graham remarked on the controversial scene: ”That’s quite a shocking image isn’t it?” to which Robbie replied: ”It is, isn’t it. They wanted me to kick a dog and I’m an animal lover, so I was just not having that.
“Then they said: ‘Punch a pensioner’ and I was like: ‘Yeah, I’m in.’”
NPC general secretary Dot Gibson says: ”Celebrities should think twice before making ageist comments which seem to imply that pensioners should be treated in a degrading way.
A representative for Robbie says: ”Robbie Williams does not condone violence in any way; the plot for this particular video did involve some aggressive scenes but they in no way reflect his views on violence in real life.