Wilson was accused of ‘paying to be a drug baron’ by TV personality Gillian McKeith
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.
— Dirk Verbeek (@Verbeek76) September 19, 2021
Don’t watch it if you just ate it. vomiting guaranteed https://t.co/3SeUJWn1Gt
— david (@david28787016) September 19, 2021
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.
I’ll never come again to see you live, or buy another of your albums@Rickontour
F*ck you! https://t.co/LN31TNVsZk
— Raffern (@rafern) September 19, 2021
Creating division among your fans – good job…. Whether someone has been jabbed is personal medical information and none of your business. Promoting an experimental drug without long-term data on side effects is dangerous, ignorant, and disrespectful to those who have lost loved ones after the jab.
— alysinwonderland (@alicin78793837) September 19, 2021
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.”
I thought the virus was horrifying, but the dedicated velocity of the ‘Vaccine Risk Aware’ community is fast, personal, harsh, outrageous and effective.
They win fair and square. Twitter is yours.
— Ricky Wilson (@Rickontour) September 20, 2021
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.”
No bullying Gillian, and nobody is getting paid. I believe in what I believe. You are using 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.
— Ricky Wilson (@Rickontour) September 19, 2021
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.”
If someone is offended by Caesars Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson making remarks against disaffected people at a concert, the best course of action is to actually get you the weed vaccinated.
good on you @RickontourKaiser Chiefs is one of my favorite bands, for many reasons.
— Spud (@OneTheCallSpud) September 20, 2021
Elsewhere at the Isle of Wight festival, Liam Gallagher fell from a helicopter after Sunday night’s performance, revealing his injuries on Twitter.