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Robbie Williams video sparks outcry from pensioners' groups

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Robbie Williams has defended the video for his number one single 'Candy', after pensioners groups criticised its violent imagery.

In the video, Williams is shown punching an elderly woman. When appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Williams joked he had been happy to agree to "punch a pensioner".

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Representatives from the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) have now demanded an apology from Williams for his "ageist comments" on the show.

NPC general secretary Dot Gibson said in a statement: "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."

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[Robbie Williams filming the video for 'Candy' in central London]

NPC national officer Neil Duncan-Jordan confirmed that the organisation had received a number of complaints from members over the comments.

A representative for Williams defended the singer's promo, saying: "Robbie Williams does not condone violence in any way. The plot for this particular video did involve some aggressive scenes, but they in no way reflect his views on violence in real life. He was playing a particular role in the video."

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Robbie was a wonderful guest on this week's show and this comment was clearly a joke. Fans of The Graham Norton Show know, understand and expect this irreverent type of banter amongst the guests. No offence was intended."

'Candy' has been at the centre of controversy over Radio 1's decision not to include it in its playlists, despite the track becoming Williams' 14th career number one.

Watch the video for 'Candy' below:



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