Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown defends controversial coronavirus comments

Brown has split opinion after his tweets about coronavirus (Zuma Press/PA Images)
13:09pm, Fri 11 Sep 2020
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Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown has defended his controversial views on the coronavirus pandemic and how people should deal with it.

The 57-year-old originally posted COVID-19-related tweets to social media last week saying there should be no lockdown, tests, tracking, masks or vaccines.

Brown refused to backtrack on his previous remarks (PA)

And in a bizarre move, the rockstar also targeted businessman Bill Gates, a major contributor to the World Health Organisation.

He said: "NO LOCKDOWN NO TESTS NO TRACKS NO MASKS NO VAX. #researchanddestroy.

Then three days later he the added: "To all of you asking about my medical qualifications I have the same as the computer seller bill gates ( biggest funder of the world health organisation)."

And after widespread criticism on social media, Brown appeared to double down on his viewpoint with another tweet on Thursday.

He said: "FEAR knocked on the door FAITH opened it but there was nobody there #RESEARCHANDDESTROY."

Last week, former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire posted a contradictory tweet to Brown’s anti-action rhetoric.

He said: "Wear a mask. stay safe. Look after yourself and others #morecambeandwise."

The Government recently announced that as of Monday, September 14, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal and could result in arrest.

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