Ringo Starr disgusted by ISIS 'Beatles' nickname: 'It's b******t. They're against everything we stood for'
* British jihadi gang in Syria nicknamed 'The Beatles' because of their accents
* 'Jihadi John' is thought to be responsible for beheading two Americans
* Two other British jihadis are said to be known as Paul and Ringo
* Drummer says the nicknames are against everything The Beatles stood for
* Branded nicknames 'b******t' saying the band 'stood for peace and love'
By JENNIFER NEWTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 4 September 2014
Ringo Starr is disgusted that British jihadis in Syria have been nicknamed 'The Beatles', claiming ISIS is against everything his former band stood for.
The nickname was revealed by a former ISIS captive who said the gang of British extremists had been compared to the group from Liverpool because of their accents.
The man thought to be responsible for beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff has been dubbed 'Jihadi John', while two other British jihadis are being called Paul and Ringo.
The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, pictured at the GQ awards giving the peace sign, who has spoken of his fury that British jihadis have been given nicknames based on the band
The British militant known as 'Jihadi John' pictured with American journalist Steven Sotloff, who he allegedly killed. It is thought he was given the nickname due to his British accent
Now the drummer has spoken out saying that it is 'b******t' that they have these names as it goes against The Beatles' ideology of peace and love.
Mr Starr told the London Evening Standard: 'What they are doing out there is against everything The Beatles stood for.
'If we stood for anything we never stood for that. The four of us absolutely stood for peace and love.'
But the 74-year-old admits that he and the only other surviving Beatle Paul McCartney are powerless to stop their names being linked to the fanatics despite their fans' fury over their names being linked to the ISIS members.
Mr Starr won a GQ Man of the Year award earlier this week for his humanitarian work, which sees his Peace and Love fund raise money for war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress.
Fellow Beatle John Lennon, who died in 1980, was known for his anti-war stance and releases songs such as 'Give Peace A Chance', 'Imagine' and 'Merry Xmas (War Is Over)'
Mr Starr, top right pictured in 1965, with his bandmates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Mr Starr says the ISIS members stand against everything the Beatles stood for
An armed ISIS member parades through the streets of Raqqa, Syria, waving a jihadist flag. Today David Cameron vowed to 'squeeze' the terror group out of existence
Meanwhile an ISIS defector, who has said that British militant Jihadi John was chosen to execute Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff because it would make other Westerners feel part of ISIS cause.
The former insurgent, in his 20s and now based in Turkey, said Jihadi John helped to showcase ISIS to Western recruits.
He said: 'It is possible that the goal was to project the image that a European or a Western person executed an American so that they can showcase their Western members and appeal to others outside Syria and make them feel that they belong to the same cause and that they too can do anything in support of ISIS in their respective countries.'
It comes as Prime Minister David Cameron today vowed to 'squeeze' ISIS out of existence and indicated that he may be willing to use the RAF to bomb the terrorist organisation.
He also said that the terrorist, known as Jihad John, believed to be responsible for the murder of the two US journalists, will face justice 'one way or another'.
Ringo Starr Disgusted by Terrorists’ Beatles-Inspired Nicknames
by Jeff Giles
September 5, 2014
Spend your life advocating for peace and love, and it still might not be enough to keep people from using your name in connection with a group of murderers.
Just ask Ringo Starr, who’s recently watched with anger as a trio of terrorists have made headlines with nicknames inspired by former Beatles. Asked for comment by the London Evening Standard, he bluntly responded, “It’s bulls—. What they are doing out there is against everything the Beatles stood for.”
The men in question – dubbed ‘Jihadi’ John, George and Ringo — are fundamentalist fanatics affiliated with the terrorist cell known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (commonly abbreviated as ISIS). The group — which has received a tremendous amount of scrutiny due to its recent involvement in the murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff — is said to be using the British men as a way of showing “Westerners that they can belong to our cause.”
It’s understandably repulsive to Starr, who stressed, “If we stood for anything we never stood for that. The four of us absolutely stood for peace and love. But we are not in control.”
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