'When a man talks don't interrupt': Johnny Rotten tells female TV host
He may have broken the shackles of class-bound Britain 35 years ago with his punk hit "God Save the Queen" but Johnny Rotten's own attitudes towards women is still stuck in the 70s.
The former Sex Pistols' star launched an offensive tirade against a female television host during an interview in Australia to promote his new band.
When Carrie Bickmore asked him about the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Rotten -- real name John Lydon -- answered: "Hey, Mrs. Mrs. Shut up. When a man is talking do not interrupt."
Bickmore to her credit gives a graceful response: "There was a break. I thought you had finished, please go on."
Rotten: "Stop it, you sound like one of them dreadful loud birds I don't like, OK?" Birds in British slang refers to women.
"OK, am I allowed to ask you a question now?" Bickmore asks, gamely trying to play along.
Rotten: "No, no, no, you need to be quiet. Your voice is too loud for me."
The interview fades after that as Rotten raises his arm in a Nazi-style salute and says: "You are talking to a proper master of the universe."
Bad boy statements, shocking lyrics and giving the proverbial middle finger to social conformity may have worked in his early 20s when Rotten was a sleek counter-culture revolutionary. Today he comes across as a rude, ageing diva, as out of touch and ridiculous as that blond fauxhawk.
Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at the Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour