Pointless Celebrities: Jedward argue that they're 'intellectual'
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Twins Jedward, 29, have sparked outrage on social media after they voiced their opinions on the Winston Churchill statue, which is based in Parliament Square, London. The former X Factor contestants argued that the sculpture of the former British prime minister “has no place in today’s society”.
Jedward – which consists of twin brothers John and Edward Grimes – also shared a suggestion about what should be done with the statue, as they hit out at former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, 55.
The pop stars penned in view of their 632,000 followers last night: “Get that Winston Churchill statue and f*** it into Piers Morgan’s back garden it has no place in today’s society!”
Twitter users took to the comments section of the singers’ post to share their thoughts on their controversial statement.
Some criticised the Irish duo’s words, with one person saying: “Yes, Churchill was racist, but he got us through the worst period in time ever.”
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Another added: “The Irish hid during the war. Says it all.”
A third person penned: “Blimey, wait till you find out how bad was the bloke with the moustache who Churchill defeated…”
A fourth Twitter user replied: “Winston Churchill achieved more during his life than you ever will.”
A fifth hit back: “I mean let’s just ignore the good he did to be more woke, yay!”
A sixth person commented: “If it weren’t for Winston Churchill you would have been rejects from a German talent show instead! You still would have sang just as badly in German though!”
However, others sided with Jedward, as one fan responded: “Clueing myself up on churchill…wow, ok! Yeah! I agree! That statue would be right at home with piers.”(sic)
Another added: “Lads, I owe you an apology. Have never heard anyone of your songs so far, but tomorrow, they are playing on repeat…”
A third fan replied: “I agree, every racist statue is a stark reminder of the past and considerations should be made on how triggering this is for so many people.”
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A fourth said: “Keep going lads, you’re doing brilliantly. I completely agree with you.”
Jedward’s comments come after the Metropolitan Police were pictured forming a protective ring around the statue of Winston Churchill after a protest in Westminster had finished.
Thousands of people gathered together outside Scotland Yard on Sunday to protest police use of force at a vigil for Sarah Everard.
Reacting to the police’s move, crowds could be heard chanting: “Protect women, not statues.”
Sarah, 33, is alleged to have been kidnapped and murdered by a serving police officer while she walked home from a friend’s flat in south London.
The Churchill statue was previously defaced with the words “was a racist” at an anti-racism demonstration in June last year.
Some have argued the monument should be taken down as Churchill held racist views.
Speaking to the Palestinian Royal Commission in 1937, the late politician said: “I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia.
“I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
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