George Michael Responds to Critics of His Olympics Performance

The Hollywood Reporter
George Michael Responds to Critics of His Olympics Performance

In shades, a leather jacket and skull-shaped belt buckle, veteran pop star George Michael commanded the world's attention when he sang his hit "Freedom 90" at Sunday's Olympics Closing Ceremony in London.

But his follow-up -- the new single "White Light" -- has drawn media criticism for being a crass play at self-promotion. 

And to that, Michael says, "Fuck off."

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The singer took his Twitter feed on Tuesday to answer his critics. In his first tweet, Michael writes, "Morning everyone! Had a GREAT time at the closing! I hope you are not bothered by the press reports of my scandalous 'promotion' !!!"

A second dispatch then reads, "Please join me in telling them to fuck off ! It was my one chance on tv to thank you all for your loyalty and prayers, and I took it. X"

He signs off with a third tweet: " And I don't regret it. Xxxx"

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Michael's Olympics performance was his first since suffering a serious bout of pneumonia last year. "White Light," a single released in conjunction with Michael's 30th anniversary in the business, is about the near-death experience. 

The song has been met with mixed reaction from the music press. NME writes, "‘White Light’ could do for George what ‘Believe’ did for Cher -- make him cool again for five minutes before relegating him to a life in Vegas."