Robbie Williams has been criticised for a scene in his latest music video which shows him punching an elderly woman in the face.
The video for ‘Candy’, Williams’ latest single and the current Official UK Number One, sees the singer running through the streets of London as he attempts to get close to a mystery female he has fallen for. At one point, he punches an old woman so the object of his affection can walk down the street without interruption.
However, the National Pensioners Convention has attacked the video, with general secretary Dot Gibson telling The Sun : ”Celebrities should think twice before making ageist comments which seem to imply that pensioners should be treated in a degrading way. Elder abuse is a serious issue and needs to be tackled rather than seen as a bit of a joke. We need to be uniting the generations, not suggesting that they are different. Pensioners are just young people who grew older.”
A spokesperson for Williams commented: ”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. He was playing a particular role in the video.”
It was recently confirmed that Robbie Williams has been effectively banned from Radio 1 after the station deemed him too old to feature on their playlist. Williams responded by saying he would ‘break someone’s legs’ if Madonna was not also banished in the same fashion.
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