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