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Jarvis Cocker shares pride over fans using ‘Running The World’ as “a means of protest”

Following the news that an effort was being made to put Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 song ‘Running the World’, the former Pulp frontman has responded to the campaign.

The song is a direct attack at politicians with the infamous lyrics, “If you thought things had changed / Friend, you’d better think again / Bluntly put, in the fewest of words: / Cunts are still ruling the world,” resonating with a deflated group.

It has since seen picked up on various social media sites with a new Facebook group aiming to get the single to Number 1. The group, organised by fans Michael Hall and Darcie Molina is called ‘Fancy Getting ‘”C**ts Are Still Running The World” To UK Xmas No.1?’ and has quickly gathered support.

The campaign run by Hall and Molina seeks to promote “inclusivity, representation, love, acceptance and kindness” following the hateful rhetoric of the past six months and what will undoubtedly follow after the Conservatives regained power.

Now, finally, Cocker has responded directly to the campaign via his Instagram: “What a strange couple of days!” wrote the singer beneath a gif of himself in the snow. “I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign to get “Cunts Are Still Running The World” to #1 for Xmas. What a lark!

He continued, “I’m so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political & environmental situation we find ourselves in. We’ve been playing this song at the recent JARV IS… shows & I often sing “but not for long” at the very end. I truly believe that, as long as we don’t give up, that is true. These are cold, hard times but initiatives like this campaign make me feel all warm & hopeful inside. Christmasy even.”

All proceeds from the single will go to British homeless charity Shelter.

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What a strange couple of days! I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign to get “Cunts Are Still Running The World” to #1 for Xmas. What a lark! I’m so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political & environmental situation we find ourselves in. We’ve been playing this song at the recent JARV IS… shows & I often sing “but not for long” at the very end. I truly believe that, as long as we don’t give up, that is true. These are cold, hard times but initiatives like this campaign make me feel all warm & hopeful inside. Christmasy even. All proceeds go to Shelter too – so it’s also doing some practical good. All being well we should have a musical Christmas pressie to share with you later today or tomorrow. It’s another way of saying thanks. Keep the faith x #jarvis4xmas #shelter #butnotforlong #letsdothis

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