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David Bowie gets abuse online after pro-UK Brits speech

Abuse from Scottish nationalists after using Brit Awards speech to urge rejection of independence

Ben Riley-Smith

Published 20/02/2014 | 13:00

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David Bowie, who was the subject of online abuse.
David Bowie, who was the subject of online abuse.
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Music legend David Bowie has been hit with a volley of online abuse from Scottish Nationalists after using a Brit Awards acceptance speech to urge the country to reject independence.

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So-called CyberNats used social media to launch a tirade of foul-mouthed attacks on the music legend for making his views on Scottish independence known.

Bowie was branded "arrogant" and a "two faced old *******" in messages on his official Facebook page, with one reading: "**** off back to Mars".

Others accused him of being a "joke" for commenting on Scotland's political future while not living or paying taxes in the country.

Much of the abuse was posted by users with apparently pro-independence profile pictures showing Saltires with the words "aye" or "yes" overlaid.

One post read: "You haven't got a clue ... **** off back to the States and don't ever come back, blind ******* puppet." Another Facebook user said he would be deleting all of Bowie's music from his laptop after the intervention.

The torrent of vitriol was triggered by the 67-year-old's acceptance speech after picking up British Male Artist of the Year at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.

The supermodel Kate Moss accepted the award on Bowie's behalf and read out a pre-written speech which finished with the words: "Scotland, please stay with us."

The message made Bowie one of the most prolific cultural figures to come out for the Union as the Sept 18 referendum on Scottish independence approaches.

Better Together, the pro-UK campaign, used Bowie’s surprise announcement to encourage new supporters to join up to the cause via Twitter.

But fanatical independence supporters bombarded a post on Bowie's official Facebook page detailing the speech with messages of abuse.

“What a ****** Bowie has turned out to be. What gives him the right to tell Scotland what to do when he doesn’t even pay taxes over here,” one wrote.

“So he says **** all about spiralling poverty, the bedroom tax, and tax dodging companies but has to get ‘political’ about Scotland? Wrap it you out of touch has-been,” read another.

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