||JOHN LYDON BLASTS OZZY OSBOURNE FOR 'CATATONIC STUPIDITY'
7th March 2011
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols, has criticised Ozzy Osbourne for "promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity."
In an article by Lorne Jackson in The Sunday Mercury, Lydon, now 54, described how Ozzy's current persona offends him and expressed his disappointment in Ozzy for portraying the working classes as stupid.
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"Paranoid was one of the world's greatest ever singles," says Lydon.
"But since then, the rumours of biting pigeon heads really, really haven't impressed me. Ozzy now acting like a senile delinquent is equally unimpressive. The sly innuendo of promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity offends me.
"I'm not one for banning drugs. Quite the opposite. But I understand how to use them, and they don't use me.
"Ozzy is clearly a victim, and selling that loser lifestyle shit to other people equally victimises them.
"That's a shame. Ozzy's a working class man, like me, yet he allows that to happen. By acting like he does all the time, he implies that we're all stupid, the working classes. But we're not, you know. We're not! We're the proper Britain, us lot."
The Sex Pistols were the most famous and influential band of the punk era. In the mid-1970s they made almost as great an impact on the music, fashion and cultural scene as The Beatles in the 1960s.
Lydon said; "Mum and dad were well proud of me. Although they might not have liked the way I was presenting myself, image-wise, and certain verbages, here, there and everywhere.
"They might not have liked the fact that I stood out like a sore thumb. But ultimately, both of them came to appreciate the fact that I'm an honest fella, because that's the way they raised me."
Lydon supports Arsenal and had plenty to say about post last weekend's Carling Cup final between his side and Birmingham City.
"I was appalled to find out some officious dude in Birmingham Council has banned the open-top bus parade," he says.
"I mean, they've just won a cup, for Christ's sake! And there's not much going on in Birmingham anymore, is there?
"Hushing up what your fine, brave lads have achieved is a slap in the face to the city's pride and joy. It's a crime. Even I'm saying that's unacceptable, and I'm an Arsenal fan."