The Stone Roses former leader Ian Brown was once the voice of his generation, he stuck two fingers up at Thatcherism with reckless abandon. However, over the 21st century, Brown has become less and less opinionated as the years ticked by. It is only now that this visceral energy to societal matters has reemerged but, instead of attacking political ideology, Ian Brown is spreading potentially dangerous theories about a virus, one that couldn’t care less about the lasting legacy of ‘I Am The Resurrection’.
“ALL tyrannies rule through fraud and force but once the FRAUD is exposed they must rely exclusively on FORCE George Orwell,” the singer tweeted as part of one of his relentless tirades. Despite the ongoing crisis, as the current coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, claiming the lives of nearly one million people across the globe, Brown described the issue as a “plandemic”, before adding: “A survival rate of 99.9% and they are into our work life home life social life school life love life garden, back yard your body your wife and kids bodies AND THATS OK?”
A look at his Twitter feed reads like a hyperbolic commercial from the 1980s warning kids against the dangers of smoking weed and, ironically, how it can make you into a conspiracy theorist loon. Earlier this week, Brown warned that the pandemic was an excuse for the government to turn us into ‘digital slaves’ — a tweet the musician sent from an iPhone with the information he’d picked up from YouTube, which suggests he himself has already succumbed to slavedom he so fears.
Perhaps the most harrowing part of Brown’s relentless opinion is the hashtag ‘researchanddestroy’, a message which he is using to sign off his tweets on the matter. A quick browse through the hashtag sees a pool of virus denying, alt-right conspiracy theorists all bouncing off their farfetched ideas with impassioned excitement. Their stance against a lockdown is more reminiscent of a religious extremist than that of someone who believes in liberalism.
“A masonic lockdown in your home town,” Brown sings on his almost unlistenable new single, before adding: “A masonic lockdown, can you feel me now?” he adds. His new material is a shadow of his former self and his 2019 record Ripples didn’t pull up any trees, a factor which might offer something in the means of an explanation as to why The Stone Roses decided to shelve their long-awaited reunion album before calling it quits… again.
Brown has been active on social media since 2009 but never before this moment has he aired his thoughts on some of the planet’s most debated topics, instead using his platform to sell the latest merch, tickets or advertisable content to his army of devoted fans. While he speaks with passion against health precautions, his politics don’t seem to have progressed since he got his riches. Coronavirus, it would seem, is the first thing that has affected him personally since the days of Thatcher.
Years have passed and the society of which Brown speaks so passionately about across his Twitter tirade has seen many a battle. This is why The Roses man refrained from offering his opinion about the European referendum. This is why Ian Brown has offered nothing in the shape of resistance against national austerity and this is why the Black Lives Matter movement has zero mention on his now-infamous timeline of social media vitriol. If Ian Brown has now decided to be a man of the people, a man passionate about the lives of the Great British public, where was he when society needed a platform? His latest effort to disparage his followers from abiding the crucial health regulations suggests his position on the so-called ‘plandemic’ comes from a place of selfishness rather than the good of the people.
The NHS is suffering. Charities are battling against the rise in required crucial work. The elderly and the vulnerable live in fear. Families are being broken into pieces and tens of thousands of British people have passed away. To quote the lead single from Ian Brown’s last record, “There you go again with your first world problems, Where your living is easy.”