Mick Jagger sparked outrage at a concert held to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week by comparing the freak catastrophe to British weather.
The singer joined a host of rock legends onstage for the 12-12-12 telethon at New York's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (Dec' 12), but angered members of the audience – which included storm survivors and emergency crew workers – when he made the flippant remark during a Rolling Stones performance.
“This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,” he announced. “But I've got to say, if it rains in London, you've got to come and help us, OK?”
Scores of fans later used Twitter to vent their anger at Jagger, who went on to complete a storming set with bandmates Keith Richard, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.
“I can't believe mick jagger said “if it rains in London I want you guys to come help us” what a scumbag thing to say. No1 asked for u old bag,” raged @JoeMo724, whose sentiments were echoed by many across the micro-blogging site.
“Wait wait wait...did Mick Jagger say if it rains in London we should help them? Was it raining during WWII” wrote @dwbohle.
Elsewhere, @OakParkVandy tweeted: “Anyone else think Jagger's “if it rains in London, you guys have to help us” line was a bit out of bounds?”
Indeed they did, with @BenPurzak68 adding: “Not a big fan of the stones. Especially after what Mick Jagger said about we have to help now when it rain in London. D***”
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