Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has today called on the BBC and the singer Robbie Williams to apologise for comments made on the Graham Norton show on Friday 2 November 2012, in which the singer was shown ‘punching a pensioner’ in his new music video. Williams claimed “They wanted me to kick a dog but I’m an animal lover, then they asked me to punch a pensioner and I said Yes I’m in”.
Dot Gibson, NPC general secretary said: “This isn’t about pensioners needing a sense of humour or people having the right to artistic freedom. This is about basic common decency. Almost every week the news is filled with stories of abuse and neglect about the way older people are being treated in this country. Celebrities should think twice before making ageist comments which seem to imply that pensioners should be treated in a degrading way. Elder abuse is a serious issue and needs to be tackled rather than seen as a bit of a joke. We need to be uniting the generations, not suggesting that they are different. Pensioners are just young people who grew older.”