Bowie's Brits Scotland Plea Sparks Anger
David Bowie has sparked fury in Scotland after his unexpected foray into the independence debate at the Brit awards.
Through the medium of his spokeswoman on earth, the model Kate Moss, who was collecting his award for best British male solo artist, the Ziggy Stardust star issued the plea: "Stay with us Scotland."
Responding through Twitter and Facebook, many in Scotland appear to have declined his offer, encouraging him in some questionable language to return to Mars forthwith.
In an open letter signed from The People of Scotland, the Glaswegian author Ron Windward wrote: "Congratulations on your Brit award and thank you for your kind offer to 'stay with us', delivered so eloquently by your emissary Ms Kate Moss.
"I am really sorry to let you know that on this occasion will will have to decline your heartfelt plea, even though you obviously put a lot of effort into weighing up the pros and cons of both the YES and NO camps before arriving at your conclusion."
Another comment on his Facebook page read: "**** off back to Mars."
Paul Delaney wrote: "I don't think it will matter a jot what multi-millionaire tax exile David Bowie thinks about Scottish independence."
However, the Labour MP for East Renfrewshire, Jim Murphy, tweeted: "David Bowie has had his say. Now you can do your bit to back Scotland.#bettertogether"
Brixton-born Bowie, 67, lives primarily in New York but has a home in London and a host of Twitter and Facebook users questioned his right to comment on the issue.
The musician was receiving the same award he won 30 years ago at the ceremony in London.
Bowie's video for The Next Day, released in May, was itself controversial depicting him as Christ, with Gary Oldman as a debauched priest and French actress Marion Cotillard as a prostitute.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, criticised it in The Daily Telegraph for being "juvenile".
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