John Lennon Mocks Disabled People in "Shocking" Video From 1960s Beatles Concert

John Lennon Mocks Disabled People in "Shocking" Video From 1960s Beatles Concert

If the late John Lennon were alive today, he'd find himself on the receiving end of a barrage of angry tweets and comments condemning his offensive behavior. The Beatles legend came under fire this week after a video surfaced online of Lennon appearing to mock disabled people during a concert in the 1960s. 

The footage aired over the weekend on the British TV show It Was Alright in the 60s, Metro reports. A clip of Lennon stomping his feet and clapping his hands in a manner that appeared to ridicule people with disabilities quickly went viral and sparked outrage on social media. Twitter users used the hashtag #AlrightInthe60s to berate the late musician, who died Dec. 8, 1980 after he was shot outside his New York apartment building. 

The new video footage shows a then-24-year-old Lennon instructing the crowd to "clap [their] hands" and "stamp [their] feet on the floor" while making obscene gestures and faces to mock people with disabilities. 

Disability advocacy groups said they were disturbed by the footage. "Times may have changed but I always find it hard to believe how such famous people can have these horrible views about real people," Lorainne Bellamy of Mencap, a U.K. charity for people with disabilities, told the Independent. She described the footage as "shocking" and said when she was younger, "It wasn't uncommon for people with a learning disability to be publicly laughed at and made fun of at the time."

Here's the video clip of Lennon mocking disabled people: