Ok so I laughed when I heard good ol' Mr Lydon reduced that Duffy chick to tears recently after she tried to hug him or something at some awards ceremony but when I heard about his apparent racially motivated attacks on none other than Bloc Party's Kele Okereke it was hardly a laughing matter.
So basically what went down at the Summerfield festival in Barcelona last week was this:
Kele confronts Rotten backstage in a friendly manner asking conversationally whether he would ever reform Public Image LTD. Rotten gets aggravated and tells Kele he has a "black attitude" then a short time later Rotten's entourage [not him himself] proceeded to punch and kick him. While Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs and Yannis from Foals try to fend off the attackers while dozens of onlookers well... looked on.
Kele ended up with bruises, cuts and a burst lip [not to mention a depleted lack of respect for the Sex Pistol] and had this to say:
"It's not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack. It is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily. Someone as respected and as intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes. I am disappointed that someone I held with such high regard turns out to be such a bigot."
There's a difference between being a punk and being a complete arsehole.
Bloc Party's new single might be kind of shit but that's no excuse to be a racist jerk Johnny.