Openly gay Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke had a hell of a weekend.
The twenty-six year old and his band mates were in Spain for the Summercase festival.
Milling about backstage, Okereke saw former Sex Pistols vocalist John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, one of his favorite artists. Eager to meet the legend, Okereke walked on over and began to chat him up. That’s when the trouble began…
Branding the incident an “unprovoked racist attack”, Okereke suffered severe facial bruising, cuts to his face and body and a split lip.
According to Bloc Party, their singer approached Lydon to ask if he would ever consider reforming one of Okereke’s favorite bands, Public Image Ltd.
However, in a statement from the younger band they claimed that the Sex Pistols singer “became intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade including the statement, ‘Your problem is your black attitude’.”
Okereke was then involved in a fight with three of Lydon’s associates, at which point Foals’ Philippakis and Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson stepped in to help the Bloc Party man.
“It’s not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack, it is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily,” Okereke explained today. “Someone as respected and as intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes. I am disappointed that someone I held with such high regard turns out to be such a bigot.”
Well, they don’t call Lydon “Johnny Rotten” for nothing.