Liam Gallagher has been criticised over a tweet posted about Russian football fans, with some social media users labelling his comments as homophobic. He has since apologised.
The former Oasis frontman responded to the news of renewed fighting between England and Russian fans at Euro 2016 in France, writing on Twitter: “Russian hooligans skintight shorts bumbags batty boy muscles ha ha I’d be more worried bout getting me arse pinched”.
See that tweet beneath.
Gallagher has since been criticised for the remarks, which some individuals argue is disrespectful in light of the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
One Twitter user wrote: “Hi Liam 49 people were killed in a gay club last wkend so if you *have* to use outdated slurs can u wait a bit?”
Another added: “Just what we need this week, veiled homophobia”.
Hi Liam 49 people were killed in a gay club last wkend so if you *have* to use outdated slurs can u wait a bit? SK X https://t.co/34pB3djZKg
— Shaun Kitchener (@ShaunKitchener) June 15, 2016
Just what we need this week, veiled homophobia. https://t.co/qBDhzKl5B1
— JaneyK (@janeyk72) June 15, 2016
Using the term batty boy is tactful considering #Orlando but I guess being famous gives you a free pass.
— Blossom Records (@Blossom_Records) June 15, 2016
1976 is on the phone, they'd like their attitude back please.
— SeanO (@SeanoSays) June 16, 2016
Gallagher has since apologised, writing: “If I’ve upset anybody with my tweets I apologise that includes you RKID”. See that post beneath.
NME has approached press representatives for Liam Gallagher who said they would not be issuing an official comment.
If I've upset anybody with my tweets I apologise that includes you RKID as you were LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) June 16, 2016
In a tweet which he has since deleted, Rob Ackroyd wrote “I hope the English fans are getting a good kicking” on Saturday, following the violence in Marseilles, where England fans clashed with locals and an organised gang of opponent Russian fans.
The guitarist later wrote: “I meant ‘hooligans’, but wrote ‘fans’. It was a misplaced sentiment. I hope no-one gets a kicking. All hooliganism is abhorrent. Peace and love.”