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Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten tells news anchor to listen 'when a man is talking'

April 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM ET

Johnny Rotten was acting pretty, well, rotten. The former lead singer of the Sex Pistols (real name John Lydon) got into hot water after telling a female host on the Australian talk show "The Project" on Channel Ten to "shut up when a man is talking" when she cut in with a question about the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Oh yeah, he went there.

(Note: Brief language, bleeped out, in video.)

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"Hey, hey missus, shut up, whoever you are, shut up, shut up, shut up," Rotten told anchor Carrie Bickmore. "Now listen, when a man is talking do not interrupt."

Bickmore tried her best to play it off and continue with the interview, but the rocker didn't let it slide, telling her, "Stop it. You sound like one of them dreadful loud birds I don't like."

She then proceeded to call him offensive, and Johnny responded with, "So are you when you do that. You have to learn what manners and respect is."

After the interview was over, Bickmore said the celeb was "d--- rude" and fellow reporter Andrew Rochford added, "He was a flat-out sexist, misogynist pig."

The singer's comments quickly spread and attracted backlash in Australia, but he argued his defense by saying, "It's quite clear to me I'm not a sexist and I'm not a misogynist," and added that if someone interrupts "you are going to have to say something at some point, whether it be male or female."

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