Over the weekend, police officers had to intervene after thousands gathered at Trafalgar Square in London to protest against coronavirus restrictions.
The “we do not consent” demonstration on Saturday afternoon saw protesters – the majority of whom appeared to wear face coverings or practise social distancing – gathering to voice their disapproval for a potential second lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
What you might have missed, though, was that two of the protesters were brotherly pop duo Right Said Fred.
The pair – famous for hits like Deeply Dippy and I’m Too Sexy – tweeted after the protest: “There was a really good atmosphere in Trafalgar Sq today.”
Right Said Fred, who are made up of brothers Richard and Fred Faibrand, also retweeted a number of messages from fans who spotted them at the demonstration:
As more people spotted the tweets, the brothers faced a backlash on social media, with Right Said Fred rising up the weekend’s trending topics on Twitter…
Responding to the controversy, the band tweeted: “If the best you’ve got is Far Right Said Fred, Deeply Shitty, Too Sexy For my Mask, Bald C***s or twats then don’t be surprised if you’re blocked for being predictable and boring.
“When we’re fundraising for the Royal Marsden Hospital, which we do annually our time line is quiet. However, we go to a protest and everyone loses their collective shit. Funny that.”
Right Said Fred topped the UK singles chart in 1992 with their song Deeply Dippy, with other hits to their name including I’m Too Sexy, Stick It Out and Don’t Talk Just Kiss.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said of the protest: “Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.
“This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.
“We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development.
“By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers.”