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Rod Stewart apologizes for mock ISIS beheading video



Rod Stewart probably wishes that he knew what he knows now when he was younger.

The 72-year-old British rock icon is mired in a heap of controversy after his wife, Penny, posted a short Instagram video of the pair with some friends in the desert near Abu Dhabi, in which Stewart appears to mime beheading a friend in the style of an ISIS hostage execution video.

The clip -- since removed, but grabbed for posterity by outlets like the Independent and the Guardian -- lasts less than a minute, and the "beheading" lasts all of eight seconds. But that hasn't stopped Twitter from getting in its daily dose of moral outrage.

Stewart quickly apologized, saying in a statement that he and his friends were "spontaneously playing out Game of Thrones" and "simply larking about pre-show.

"Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended."

Here's a closer look, courtesy of TMZ:

This may be one of those controversy-of-the-day stories that'll blow over by the next news cycle, in which case you'll probably be free to enjoy Stewart's concert on July 8 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Until then, maybe he'd better keep his Game of Thrones role-playing to a minimum.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Friday, March 3, 2017 10:48am]


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