Published Mar 03, 2017As human beings, we all make mistakes. Sometimes we cut someone off on the road without realizing it, forget a loved one's birthday or spill coffee all over a white shirt. Or, as in the case of British pop sensation Sir Rod Stewart, sometimes we have to apologize for accidentally staging a mock ISIS beheading video.
The 72-year-old performer took a break from his tour in Abu Dhabi to wander around the desert with his friends. At one point, he pretended to behead a friend on a sand dune. The video was filmed by his wife, Penny Lancaster, and posted to Instagram.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, the video looked incredibly similar to propaganda clips disseminated by ISIS, including the terrorist group's notorious slaughter of British aid worker Alan Henning. As such, Stewart's video was extremely controversial.
The video has since been deleted (though if you're a twisted individual you can watch it below) and Stewart issued an apology, saying they were simply trying to reference 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," the singer said. "Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended."
Here's hoping Rod Stewart learns his lesson, puts down the video camera and sticks to belting out baby boomer-approved pop tunes.
Thanks to the Guardian for the tip.