What Was Rod Stewart Thinking? Apologizes for Mock Execution Video in Abu Dhabi Desert

by VVN Music

Sometimes, you really, REALLY have to think about the implications of a joke video you post on-line.

Rod Stewart was recently in the Abu Dhabi Desert with his wife, Penny Lancaster, and other members of his entourage before performing at a concert. While there, he had one of his people kneel in front of him and made a motion across his throat while Lancaster videoed the whole thing.

Lancaster then posted the 15 second video to her Instagram which immediately set off a firestorm of comments about the video being tasteless and offensive. While she quickly took the video down, copies were recorded and remain available.


The public's problem with the video was that it looked very much like ISIS videos they have posted of beheadings so, on Friday (March 3), Stewart released a statement apologizing for the video and explaining that he was actually reenacting a scene from Game of Thrones.

From re-enacting the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre-show. Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.

The apology may not be enough, though, for many. The daughter of David Haines, an aid worker that was executed in the desert by ISIS, told England's Daily Mail "This actually happened to my dad and it’s not something to joke about... I think it’s disgraceful that a celebrity who is thought of as a role model would do this sort of thing."

In addition, according to TMZ, there are a number of people who are calling for Stewart's knighthood to be revoked.

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