John Lydon’s abrasive media approach has got him into trouble after the singer was accused of sexism after an interview on Australian TV.

Whilst being interviewed by Carrie Bickmore on Channel Ten’s The Project programme the singer went on a  tirade after being interrupted and asked his opinion on Margaret Thatcher.
“Hey mrs, shut up!” he said. “Whoever you are shut up, shut up, shut up. Now listen, when a man is talking do not interrupt … stop it you sound like one of them dreadful loud birds I don’t like … You’ve gotta learn what manners and respect is; I’m Johnny ‘fucking’ Rotten and I’m telling you a truth,”

In a statement issued to NME, Lydon denied that the comments were sexist. “I am the enemies of governments and institutions, certainly not women. I’ve been married to one for 30 years. We love each other,” he said.

In another interview Lydon says those now celebrating Margaret Thatcher’s death are ‘loathsome adding that, ‘I’m not going to dance on her grave.’
He also said: ‘I was her enemy in her life but I will not be her enemy in her death.’


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  1. He can be a bit of a twat really, can’t he? Doesn’t detract from the greatness of what he once did though…

  2. He’s just as abrupt with the male interviewer……….. He has also been towing the same line for the past 30-odd years……
    Rock n Roll Johnny boy…. Love it and him to death….

    • Erc, I don’t think he is an anarchist is he? I think he’s a businessman. He’s savvy enough to know that the “brand” that he sells works well if he claims to be “an anarchist” and if he claims to be anti-establishment, and if he puts on this “public image”… so he does that as a means to an end, that end being CASH… He’s not some desperate kid who is looking for a cause to follow and picks Anarchy, cos it will upset his parents. Constructing the “Johnny Rotten” myth has been a brilliant entertainint piece of performance art and therein lies its integrity. But he’s just using “Anarchy” to sell products, just as his “Myth” was used to sell butter. I don’t understand why people think its so bad to sell butter, but ok to sell “Anarchy”…. Did anyone really believe that the Sex Pistols were more than a created brand? Were they meant to represent something deeper,… a something which has been betrayed by the country life butter advert? …. I don’t know, but I think it was all just showbiz, but EXCELLENT showbiz. Some might say it was “Art.”… but to confused Mr Lydon’s integrity as something more than the integrtiy of a truly great performer, is to worship a false god indeed

  3. Just watched this, slow news day at the nme? ridiculous, he’s laughing, obviously playing up to the cameras the whole things tongue in cheek.

  4. he always was a camp situationist using slogans to incite others to do something, while he sells counrty life butter. A total buffoon when it comes to politics/royal family the fat old fool would get his head kicked in on a council estate for this self deluded rant. like a thick malcolm Maclaren without the humour. One good album and this bore has dined out on it ever since…bring back pink floyd all is forgiven


    • I know you won’t agree with me, but selling “Anarchy” and selling “Country Life Butter” is the same thing. Selling. If he really believed in Anarchy he would live the Anarchy lifestyle. He doesn’t. He is a savvy intelligent businessman who will pull out the “I’m working class and we had a hard time” calling card, if it scores a point in any given situation. That’s fine. But surely nobody thinks that he actually WAS an Anarachist, simply because he performed “I am an Anarchist” brilliantly and with a venom that echoes to this day. So whether he’s selling butter or Anarchy, he does so in a way that is truly memorable. That’s his integrity. As a performer. Not as a person who stands for anything.

  5. I thought he was hilarious. “Shut up when a man is talking”…. Brilliant. Its just what most men think, but he has the balls to say it. She should have told him, “Shut up when a woman is talking John” because he interupted her later in the interview, but instead she got all pious and wandered up PC shit creek. What a shame. The idea of martial arts of the verbal variety is to kick them right back, and dno’t whinge.. She let down all of us BLONDES!

    • Does anyone care what Rotten has to ay these days? He will get his MBE soon and joing Lady Di and Maggie and all the other fake media saints. meanwhile the government gets away with murder and they still cause endless pain and misery with religions and made up prophets like jesus- we will be stuck in the middle ages for ever!

  6. John Lydon has always set out to shock. And good for him – if everyone was the same the world would be a very dull place….

  7. Kira, if we were in the middle ages, you’d be burnt as a heretic for that statement…. I think we’re in the Post Modernist Ages, whereby (so we’re told) there is no such thing as truth…. everything is relative… .. People buy that until they become a victim of crime, and then they revert to the moral absolutism of This is Wrong, and I want Justice.


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