- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

Archival footage showing John Lennon gleefully mocking disabled people while onstage in the 1960s has shocked Beatles fans worldwide.

The footage aired in Britain over the weekend on a BBC show called, “It Was Alright in the ‘60s.” It shows Lennon onstage at a Beatles concert at an unspecified time and location.

“It’s that easy, all you’ve gotta do is sort of clap your hands,” a voice, possibly belonging to Paul McCartney, can be heard telling screaming fans, Nine News reported.

“Clap your hands!” Lennon wails while twisting his hands into claws.

“Stamp your feet on the floor,” the voice continues.

“Stamp your feet on the floor!” Lennon repeats, awkwardly stamping his feet.

The video caused an uproar on social media and was criticized by the U.K.-based learning disability charity Mencap. Lorainne Bellamy, a Mencap spokeswoman who has a learning disability, acknowledged the footage was more than 50 years old but said it was “shocking and painful to watch,” The Independent reported.

“Times may have changed but I always find it hard to believe how such famous people can have these horrible views about real people,” Ms. Bellamy said. “Much has changed but there is still a long way to go before the public realizes 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. We are not here to be laughed at and I hope that today’s celebrities would never consider acting like this.”

Lennon was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York in 1980.

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