Campaigner in call for boycott of Robbie album
CAMPAIGNERS for older people in Bristol have lodged a formal complaint with the BBC after it aired a joke from Robbie Williams about hitting a pensioner.
Judith Brown, chairwoman of the Bristol Older People's Forum, also called on people to boycott the former Take That singer's new album and wants to see the video for his latest single banned and investigated as a hate crime against the elderly.
Appearing on the Graham Norton show, Mr Williams explained how he came to be apparently punching a pensioner on the video for his number one hit Candy.
He said: "They wanted me to kick a dog but I was just not having that. Then they said 'punch a pensioner' and I said 'yep, I'm in'.
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Mrs Brown said: "Why is it any more amusing to hit a pensioner than a dog? Robbie Williams was offensive and the BBC were irresponsible. People are daft enough to follow celebrities and we don't need them making it seem like it's OK to do things like hurt pensioners."
A representative for Mr Williams said last night: "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."
In a statement, the BBC said: "Robbie was a wonderful guest on the show and this comment was clearly a joke. No offence was intended."