Singer Rod Stewart has been forced to apologize after being filmed appearing to re-enact an Islamic State-style beheading in the desert.
A video was posted on his wife Penny Lancaster’s Instagram account this week showing Stewart and some friends in the sand dunes of a desert while on his world tour.
In the video, which was subsequently deleted but has been posted on Youtube, Stewart could be seen leading a line of friends, with Lancaster at the back, along the sand dunes. Lancaster rolls down the dunes, and then stretches out on the sand. Stewart, behind her, then appears to put his hand across the neck of a friend, who is kneeling in front of him.
Lancaster stated on her Instagram account that it was a video of the “Rod Stewart (leader) band doing a ‘Beatles’ sand dune crossing.”
However, some apparently perceived that he had been mimicking Islamic terrorists such as Jihadi John, who have beheaded Western nationals in the desert in recent years.
Stewart, 72, said in a statement: “From re-enacting the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre-show. Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.”