Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson angers anti-vaxxers with onstage comments

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Wilson was accused of ‘paying to be a drug baron’ by TV personality Gillian McKeith

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Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has reacted from people opposing the COVID-19 vaccine after comments on stage at the Isle of Wight festival.

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During the band’s set, Wilson shouted the names of vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, asking fans to cheer, depending on which one he had received.

Then he said: “Let’s hear it for the anti-vaxxers”, which was widely shouted at from the crowd.

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Posting footage of Wilson’s comments, one Twitter user described it as a “cult”, and others said they were abandoning their fanbase of the band. Wilson also received accusations of “inflammatory division” for his comments, being possessed by Satan, and comparisons to Adolf Hitler.

“I’ll never come back to see you live, or buy another of your albums @Rickontour F*CK You!” One Twitter user said.

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Wilson responded by saying: “I thought the virus was horrifying, but the dedicated velocity of the ‘Vaccine Risk Aware’ community is swift, personal, harsh, outrageous and effective.

“They win fair and square. Twitter is yours.”

After allegations of being “paid to be a drug baron” by TV personality Gillian McKeith, Wilson said: “I believe what I believe. You use your influence every day to share what you believe in.” (which you have a right to do) and I do it once and you label me manipulative? Please leave me alone in the future.”

He also found support for his stand. “There are many reasons Kaiser Chiefs is one of my favorite bands,” said one fan.

Another said, “Looks to see the anti-vax brigade bend their knees because they thought the Kaiser chief was brainwashing people at his concert.”

Elsewhere at the Isle of Wight festival, Liam Gallagher fell from a helicopter after Sunday night’s performance, revealing his injuries on Twitter.

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