Singer Ian Brown is facing a backlash after one of his tweets appeared to suggest he was against coronavirus vaccines, lockdowns and face masks.
The former Stone Roses frontman, 57, sparked outrage when he posted: “NO LOCKDOWN NO TESTS NO TRACKS NO MASKS NO VAX #researchanddestroy.”
Fellow musicians and other Twitter users said they were “gutted” Brown was apparently supporting “anti-vaxxer” (anti-vaccine) views.
He has not yet elaborated on the outburst, which received thousands of comments, likes and shares.
The Reverend and The Makers Twitter account posted: “I love Ian Brown so much. Bit gutted he’s tweeted that tbh”.
One of his fans wrote: “Love your music Ian but I am seriously hoping you’ve been hacked.”
Another one commented: “I wish my teen music heroes would stop turning into t***s”.
Brown’s ex-bandmate John Squire appeared to counterbalance the Ian Brown tweet with a safety warning.
He posted: “Wear a mask. stay safe. Look after yourself and others #morecambeandwise.”
But there were a number of people who tweeted their support of Brown.
One of them said: “The amount of sheeple in this thread is unreal, the bloke is speaking the truth. 99% of people didn’t wear a mask at its ‘peak’ now everyone is on the bandwagon, you are all about government compliance, get a grip man.”
Others posted “Amen” and “Amazing. God Bless”.
However he continued to be criticised by many for using his platform irresponsibly.
One person wrote: “Yeah let’s all die from preventable diseases like it’s the year 1348 [when the Black Death hit].”
DJ Dave Haslam pointed out that fellow musician Toots Hibbert, of the band Toots And The Maytals, was recently placed in intensive care in Jamaica as a result of coronavirus.
Last Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square in central London carrying anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown placards.
Piers Corbyn, the elder brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, was among 11 people told they could be fined £10,000 for organising the march and breaking coronavirus regulations.
King’s College London (KCL) and Ipsos Mori researchers, who polled 2,237 people between 16 and 75, blamed “damaging misperceptions” on the low uptake.