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John Lydon at the 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards
Sex Pistols star John Lydon has come under fire for yelling at a female TV host during an interview in Australia this week (beg08Apr13), with critics branding him "rude" and "sexist" over the outburst.
The veteran rocker was a guest on The Project on Tuesday (09Apr13) and he used the interview to promote his tour Down Under with his band Public Image Ltd.
However, the chat descended into chaos when host Carrie Bickmore asked Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, about late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday (08Apr13).
He yelled at her, "Shut up, shut up, shut up... Hey missus! Whoever you are, you need to be quiet, your voice is too loud for me... You sound like one of them (sic) dreadful damn birds I don't like. You be polite... you've got to learn what manners and respect is (sic)."
Bickmore and her fellow presenters quickly terminated the interview, and later in the show panellist Andrew Rochford branded Lydon "a flat out, sexist, misogynist pig".
Bickmore opened up about the drama in a radio interview on Wednesday (10Apr13), saying, "I sat quietly, gave him his time and let him hang himself. I woke up this morning and thought 'What a d**k!'... I know he's controversial and I know he's got this reputation... (But) there's a line between being controversial and being downright rude... It was rude and arrogant and sexist."
Lydon's trip to Oz had already courted controversy - earlier on Tuesday, he launched into a foul-mouthed rant during a phone interview with ABC Melbourne radio broadcaster Red Symons, which resulted in the star hanging up on the host.
As Symons attempted to ask the punk singer a question, Lydon shouted, "Shut your f**king mouth! You a**e hole!... You only want to talk about yourself... You've got your career, I've got mine. I think mine is a bit more interesting than yours... Goodbye."
Symons concluded by saying, "John Lydon. Still rotten."
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