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Jedward Dunking On The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown Over His COVID Conspiracies Is Wonderful To See

"Your music and cheekbones are a dream. But your tweets are a nightmare."

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For everything 2020 has thrown at us, we haven’t had too many wild celebrity beefs, until now. Enter former Stone Roses frontman and apparent COVID conspiracist Ian Brown, and spiky-haired Irish twins Jedward.

Brown hasn’t just been spreading the usual anti-lockdown COVID conspiracies on social media — his latest solo album, released last week, is full of lines about anti-government trust and chemtrails (it’s also apparently not very good, either). But it’s his tweets that are really causing a ruckus, as the 57-year-old rock legend appears to be leaning into QAnon delusions, spouting hot air about Bill Gates, vaccines and lockdowns.

After a few negative reviews of his album Ripples and media coverage of his tweets, Brown logged back on to be not at all mad about the criticism.

So im a Conspiracy Theorist HA!,” he Tweeted on September 14. “A term invented by the lame stream media to discredit those who can smell and see through the government/media lies and propaganda #researchanddestroy”.

Who else ‘clapped back’ than Jedward, the twin duo and X-Factor alumn who first ‘captivated’ worldwide audiences with their 2011 Eurovision track ‘Lipstick’? The boys — John and Edward Grimes — were less than impressed with Brown’s nonsense, and wrote back two short but oh-so sweet tweets (thanks to NME for drawing this to our attention).

First, the shot: “Hi Ian you discredited yourself with your backward views and non logical actions”. Perfectly fine, does the job.

But the chaser came 20 minutes later, the boys clearly still miffed. “The Public have lost all respect and credibility for your views! Your music and cheekbones are a dream,” they wrote. “But your tweets are a nightmare”

To at once both compliment and insult is a high-skill, and should be honoured as such. Brown, assumedly busy ranting about chemtrails to his manager who is no doubt desperately trying to take Brown’s phone off him, has not responded.

Jedward, meanwhile, have continued to Tweet, though maybe they should also stop.

In other Jedward news, the twins released their fourth album Voice Of A Rebel last year, and spent some of the COVID-19 lockdown in a house with their Sharknado co-star Tara Reid, who is one of their best friends.