10 April 2013
Johnny Rotten lived up to his reputation last night, when he launched into a sexist rant against Carrie Bickmore on The Project.
The Sex Pistols star, whose real name John Lydon, appeared on The Project to chat about his current musical pursuits.
At one point in the interview, John paused mid answer and Carrie jumped in to ask for this thoughts on Margaret Thatcher.
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John arked up immediately, retorting “Hey, hey, missus, shut up. Whoever you are, shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Now listen, when a man is talking, do not interrupt."
Carrie was a little taken aback, but got herself together and responded, “There was a break....[I thought you had] finished. Please go on.”
“Stop it. You sound like one of them dreadful loud birds I don’t like, OK? You be polite,” John continued.
“That’s really offensive,” Carrie replied.
The shock rocker added “So are you when you do that… You’ve gotta learn what manners and respect is. And I’m Johnny “f..ing” Rotten and I’m telling you the truth."
It’s kind of hard to tell whether Johnny was serious in all this or playing up his bad reputation, but the audience and panel were still squirming uncomfortably.
Finally Carrie asked “Am I allowed to ask you a question now?”
Before Johnny ranted “No, no, no, your voice is too loud for me, alright? You need to taper it down a couple of thousand notches, right, and yes Big Bird is dead."
John then said that the entire panel were “beginning to shout like excitable children”, indicating that maybe his earpiece was turned up too loud.
Dave Hughes then cut the interview short, and none of The Project presenters seemed very impressed with the incident.
Check out the clip below. Do you think Johnny Rotten was being serious, or was he joking around with his bad boy persona? Maybe he genuinely had a loud earpiece and chucked a tanty about it.