John Lydon accuses his group, the Sex Pistols, of getting rich on the backs of Elizabeth II

The British punk band claims not to understand what their ex-leader, also called Johnny Rotten, is referring to in these accusations.

"God save the queen, she's not a human being", sang John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, with the Sex Pistols in 1977 on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. Forty-five years later, while the United Kingdom pays a last tribute to the monarch, the singer accuses his former group of "To take advantage ofof the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In a press release published on September 15 on his Twitter account, John Lydon announced that he “wishes to distance himself from any Sex Pistols activity”.

According to the 66-year-old singer's statement, the group and its managers have "approved a number of requests against John's wishes" in this time of national mourning. "In John's view, the timing of approving any request by the Sex Pistols for commercial gain, in connection with God Save The Queen in particular, is in poor taste and disrespectful to the Queen and her family at this time,” further clarifies the press release.

Stating that he never supported the British monarchy - which he described as a fascist regime in the 1977 song for which he wrote the lyrics -, John Lydon “believes the family deserves some respect at this difficult time, as one would expect from any other person or family when someone close has passed away”.

An accusation to which the group hastened to respond. "We can't figure out what [John] refers to. Other than a few requests for images or sounds to be used in stories about the Queen and her impact on culture, there is nothing new about God Save The Queen which is promoted or published in any way", says a spokesperson at DailyMail .

In June, on the occasion of the queen's platinum jubilee, the Sex Pistols released a reissue of the scandal title, also rising to the top of the British charts. But in July, a mini-series on the group directed by Danny Boyle set fire to the powder. Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook had taken the leader and singer of the group to court because he refused to give up the rights to their songs for the series called Pistol. On the other hand, since the queen's passing, the Sex Pistols have not shared their song on any of their social networks and made no statement about the news as confirmed by pitchfork .

When the monarch's death was announced, John Lydon paid tribute to the queen on his Twitter account, using the words of the God save the Queenthe official this time. "Send her victorious"he wrote, adding “Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II».

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