George Michael to Olympics Performance Critics: ‘F— Off!’

Accused of self-promotion for performing his new single at Olympics ceremony, George Michael offers a two-word response

George Michael has two words for people who thought that his performance at the Olympics closing ceremony was too self-promotional. And they aren't, "Oops, sorry."

Getty ImagesMichael lashed out at critics of his performance on Sunday, taking to his Twitter account to tell them to "fuck off" and urge his fans to do the same.

"Morning everyone! Had a GREAT time at the closing! I hope you are not bothered by the press reports of my scandalous 'promotion' !!!" Michael wrote Tuesday. "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."

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In another tweet, Michael added, "And I don't regret it."

"Faith" singer Michael was taken to task in the British press Monday and accused of using the ceremony as a platform for self-promotion, since he performed his new single "White Light" rather than a classic hit, as most performers did.

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The song details Michael's life-threatening battle with pneumonia last year.

"It really wasn't the right place to launch a new song," one crowd member told the Daily Telegraph. Meanwhile, the Sun quoted a tweet that huffed, "I'm calling for a judge led, full public inquiry into George Michael's second song-gate." (Michael preceded "White Light" with a performance of his 1990 hit "Freedom '90.")

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"White Light" was released June 29, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his first single entering the charts in 1982.