7:21 pm - 11/07/2012

Robbie Williams criticised for punching OAP in 'Candy' video

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.

Video for 'Candy'
Source: NME

Oh come on now. And ia with him about the "old popstars" policy, he's not that old 
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cickiz 7th-Nov-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I thought it was funny but I can see their point. his own grandma probably would have found it funny too.

and smh at treating him like an old popstar. the fucking radio should play who the listeners want. jerks.
manubibi 7th-Nov-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
your icon <3
btw yes, I mean it's such a light-hearted video, why make a fuss over such a trivial thing that is clearly playful? Sometimes I can't with some brits and I'm a huge anglophiliac.
fierysadness 7th-Nov-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
He's number one? Slaying without BBCR1's support, good for him!
velvetunicorn 7th-Nov-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
the official chart update had him at #1 still so it could really be two weeks in a row.
buzz_whistle 8th-Nov-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
MTE. Get money, Robert.
tankmachine 7th-Nov-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Candy is mah jam rn
kreayshawn 7th-Nov-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Robbie Williams does not condone violence in any way

Williams responded by saying he would 'break someone's legs' if Madonna was not also banished
cickiz 7th-Nov-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
classic_mold137 7th-Nov-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
manubibi 7th-Nov-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I would too tbh
fluorescentx 7th-Nov-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
lmao his pr is probably going nuts rn
bluekrinkle 7th-Nov-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
freeze_i_say 7th-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
hahahaha omg
glowing_dragon 7th-Nov-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
iotajot 7th-Nov-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
They know he didn't really punch her right?
snapiphany 7th-Nov-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I thought OAP meant 'old-ass person'. Close enough.
givethesignal 7th-Nov-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's not "old-ass person?"
givethesignal 7th-Nov-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
for people like me who also thought it was "old-ass person," it's apparently "Old Age Pensioner"

(ours is better)
kaiserschmarrn 7th-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
I love this fucking song. This has inspired me to listen to it again. And I watched the video and can't even remember when he punched that old woman - didn't he also punch a bunch of birds? It's not meant to be taken seriously.
demented_21 7th-Nov-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
lol come on now
crazyfirecrotch 7th-Nov-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
i scrolled fast and thought that mitt romney finally cracked and started punching his supporters.
glowing_dragon 7th-Nov-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
friarsfire 7th-Nov-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
misoras 7th-Nov-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
"banned from Radio 1 after the station deemed him too old to feature on their playlist" still funny
mmbien 7th-Nov-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
radio one is the fucking worst station. horrible djs, horrible playlist.
freeze_i_say 7th-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
prophecypro 7th-Nov-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
As bad as it is, I still hold Radio 1 in higher regard than other UK stations.

I mean at the end of the day the Radio 1 playlist still takes the occasional chance and shits on Capital and Kiss' daytime playlist.

That said their Too old to play policy and wanting to get younger seems like a risk especially when that demographic probably downloads or goes digital over regular radio
vervain 7th-Nov-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
capital have blacklisted several artists for no reason really and play the same songs again and again. i think someone in capital is the wanted's manager or smth?
thegreenstage 7th-Nov-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh IA. It's painful to listen to them yammering on then playing shit.
velvetunicorn 7th-Nov-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
they've really gotten worse over the past couple of months. I get why they're trying to go younger but I feel like all they do is play 1D. Sorry, I see your a fan and I get why they play them a lot but I swear everytime I listen they're either on the air, the phone, or they're tweeting them.

i get their mandate is to go younger but I don't know why it shouldn't just be like top 40 or alternative, or whatever. it's weird that they want to get all these listeners and then get rid of them. very backwards
freeze_i_say 7th-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I see their point but Robbie's always had over the top, lulzy videos. Was Sin, Sin, Sin encouraging youngsters to join a cult jw.
manubibi 7th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
freeze_i_say 7th-Nov-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)



"In the video [She's the One] he performs a backflip, which is actually illegal in competitive figure skating."
givethesignal 7th-Nov-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
rofl I remember freaking out at that video and my mom calling up MTV to complain (I was like 8)
vervain 7th-Nov-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
i actually listened to the lyrics for the first time the other day because it came out when i was a kid. never realised how dirty that song was lol.
ellaellaeheheh 7th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I love Candy, so glad it got number1. how is the album?
manubibi 7th-Nov-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Got to listen through all of it but sounds a lot better than the previous album, although obviously he doesn't write those honestly hurting lyrics he used to write ten years ago because he's basically happy and satisfied and truth be told I'm really happy for him so I don't mind the lack of depth.
ellaellaeheheh 7th-Nov-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
that makes sense. I'm excited!
prophecypro 7th-Nov-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
lol people will do anything to complain. And props to him to get number 1 without a push on radio. That's the thing in the UK though, when you're set with a fanbase you're set. The younger demographic is too fragmented to know whats popular. Radio 1 has to be a young station but at the same time that audience of young people probably dont fuck with daytime radio like they thinl.
vervain 7th-Nov-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
well local radio stations always play candy. it's always on in my shop.
vervain 7th-Nov-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
well he said on graham norton he was asked to kick an animal, and he said 'well i like animals, so they said 'would you like to punch an old person? so i said ... sure :D'
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