Rock icon David Bowie is facing a backlash from nationalist Scots after begging the country not to leave the United Kingdom during his Brits acceptance speech.
The Ziggy Stardust icon did not attend the 2014 Brit Awards in person to accept his trophy for Best British Male on Wednesday night (19Feb14), and he asked supermodel Kate Moss to deliver an acceptance speech on his behalf.
After expressing his gratitude at being awarded the prize, Bowie closed his message by pleading with Scots to vote against the country's proposed departure from the U.K., adding, "Scotland, stay with us."
The comment has provoked outraged reactions online from many Scots, who have branded the musician out of touch.
One critic tells the rocker to "f**k off back to Mars", in referencing his hit Life On Mars, while another angry Scot writes, "Jog on! Next time Scotland will ask if we want your worthless opinion."
Scots will vote on whether or not the country should remain part of the United Kingdom in September (14).