John Lennon appears to mock disabled people in newly-surfaced video – watch

Footage is taken from Channel 4 show 'It Was Alright in the 60s'

Video footage has surfaced of John Lennon appearing to mock disabled people at a Beatles gig during the 1960s.

Footage from Channel 4 show It Was Alright in the 60s seemingly shows the late musician imitating the mannerisms of a disabled person while asking fans to clap their hands.

The TV show documents many controversial moments from the era. Scroll beneath to see the Lennon video.

Disability awareness organisation Mencap has criticised the clip, saying the footage was “shocking and painful to watch”.

As The Independent reports, Lorainne Bellamy of Mencap said, “Times may have changed but I always find it hard to believe how such famous people can have these horrible views about real people”.

“I have seen attitudes towards people like me change a great deal since I was a child. It wasn’t uncommon for people with a learning disability to be publicly laughed at and made fun of at the time.”

“Much has changed but there is still a long way to go before the public realises people with a learning disability have the same hopes, dreams and feelings as anyone else, and should be treated with the same level of respect as anyone. We are not here to be laughed at and I hope that today’s celebrities would never consider acting like this.”

Watch footage of the Lennon incident below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb0-vF9bWR4

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