Robbie Williams slammed by ageism campaigners after 'punch a pensioner' joke
Robbie Williams has been criticised by the National Pensioners Convention (NCP) because of joke he made about punching the elderly.
Speaking The Graham Norton Show on BBC One on Friday he responded to questions about his new chart-topping single "Candy".
In the music video for the single Williams is seen punching an elderly woman.
Host Graham Norton said remarked to Williams: "That's quite a shocking image isn't it?"
Williams replied jokingly: "It is, isn't it? They wanted me to kick a dog and I'm an animal lover so I wasn't having that."
"Then they said 'punch a pensioner' and I was like 'Yeah, I'm in."
NCP, Britain's biggest pensioner organisation, has called on the BBC and Williams to apologise for the comments he made.
Dot Gibson, NPC general secretary said: “This isn’t about pensioners needing a sense of humour or people having the right to artistic freedom. This is about basic common decency."
"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.”
Williams' spokesperson told the BBC: "The plot for this particular video did involve some aggressive scenes but they in no way reflect his views on violence in real life."
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Robbie was a wonderful guest on this week's show and this comment was clearly a joke."
"Fans of The Graham Norton Show know, understand and expect this irreverent type of banter amongst the guests. No offence was intended."
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food