Shock footage of John Lennon mocking disabled people during a Beatles concert has sparked outrage among fans.
The singer’s disturbing behaviour was laid bare in an old clip which resurfaced on the TV show It Was Alright In The 1960s on Saturday night.
In it, the Beatles idol can be seen pulling faces and making exaggerated movements in an offensive manner.
Having seen the star’s behaviour on stage, many people took to social media to express their shock.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘John Lennon mocking the disabled is disturbing to say the least’, while another, Patrick Doporto, added: ‘That John Lennon clip was hard to watch.’
David Charles Bowen posted: ‘#johnlennon’s distasteful learning disability impressions I saw on #itwasalrightinthe60s tonight would never have been OK.’
Another user said Lennon had a ‘cruel “humour” about disabled people.’
A spokeswoman for the learning disability charity Mencap also condemned Lennon’s behaviour.
Lorainne Bellamy said: ‘As someone with a learning disability this footage shocked me and was painful to watch.
‘Times may have changed but I always find it hard to believe how such famous people can have these horrible views about real people.
‘I have seen attitudes towards people like me change a great deal since I was a child. It wasn’t uncommon for people with a learning disability to be publicly laughed at and made fun of at the time.
‘Much has changed but there is still a long way to go before the public realises people with a learning disability have the same hopes, dreams and feelings as anyone else, and should be treated with the same level of respect as anyone.