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Rod Stewart Apologizes After Video Draws Comparison To ISIS Beheadings

The British singer said he was "simply larking about pre show."

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Rod Stewart apologized Friday after a video of him staging a mock beheading in the Abu Dhabi desert — which many thought was evocative of ISIS executions — drew outrage.

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In a statement on Twitter, the British singer said he was actually mimicking Game of Thrones.

"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," he said.

The video, which Stewart's wife, Penny Lancaster, posted on Instagram and later deleted, still remains online.

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People were disgusted by the video, and many called for Stewart — who was knighted in October — to be stripped of his knighthood.

At what point does anyone never mind Rod Stewart think doing a mock Isis execution and posting it online is a good idea? Fucking idiot

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I hope Rod Stewart gets his knighthood stripped. Let's hope nothing like that happens to his family. He should be jailed. It's not funny.

I always thought Rod Stewart was an arsehole, but these mock ISIS beheading pics prove it. Rod Stewart, you are a total cunt.

Rod Stewart mocking up an ISIS beheading ?!!😳How deeply, deeply stupid What a clueless prat

this is fucking disgusting @rodstewart what kind of vile person mocks ISIS beheading he should lose his knighthood

Though some didn't think it was quite that big a deal.

OH MY GOD, I'M REALLY OFFENDED ABOUT ROD STEWART PISSING AROUND IN PRIVATE BECAUSE I NEVER, EVER DO ANYTHING STUPID OR DAFT IN PRIVATE

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Not the first time Rod Stewart has been involved in a mock beheading scandal either...

🎶 Wake up Baghdadi I think I've got something to say to youuuuu 🎶

But most of all, people just aren't all that surprised anymore, because 2017.

"rod stewart in mock-ISIS execution" is the headline and no I'm not making this up it's just another friday.

"Rod Stewart insists ISIS-style beheading video was just Game of Thrones roleplay" 2017 is shaping up to be a cracker.

Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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