Right Said Fred insist they are not 'COVID deniers' after attending anti-lockdown protest

Julia Hunt
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Right Said Fred have insisted they are not “COVID deniers” after hitting the headlines for attending an anti-lockdown protest – but warned that living like “hermits” would damage the country.

Pop duo Richard and Fred Fairbrass were criticised in September when they were spotted at the protest in London’s Trafalgar Square.

However, the I’m Too Sexy singers have now told Sky News that they were there to fight for free speech more than anything else.

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Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred attending the UK premiere of The Death of Stalin, held at the Curzon Chelsea, London. Picture Date: Tuesday 17 October. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass (Ian West/PA Wire)

Fred said: “The protest was anti-lockdown. But it was more to do with save our rights and stand up for free speech and the right to assemble...

"My position is I'm not a COVID denier and I'm not anti-vax, but I defend those people's right to express their opinion. That's all it is.”

Richard and Fred Fairbrass arrive for the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 30 April 2007. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Richard and Fred Fairbrass (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The pair also expressed their fears for the country amid the pandemic and restrictions.

"We either live like hermits and we kill the country we love, or we face up to the fact that some of us are going to die,” they said.

 Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred performs live at Camp Bestival 2017 Lulworth Castle - Wareham. Picture date: Sunday 30th July 2017. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred (David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment)

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The brothers also spoke out about what they called a “waste of talent” and “waste of skill” in the entertainment industry while venues across the country are closed, saying: “The country will not grow great on that basis."

They told Sky that, in their opinion, there are other important issues that need to be addressed as well as the coronavirus pandemic, such as mental illness and domestic violence.

Right Said Fred formed in the late 80s and are known for tracks such as I’m Too Sexy, Deeply Dippy and Don’t Talk Just Kiss.

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