Right Said Fred say they’re ‘not Covid deniers’ after taking part in anti-lockdown protest

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Right Said Fred have told that they are being "grossly misunderstood" about their controversial views on the Coronavirus pandemic.

The pair – who recently took part in an anti-lockdown protest in London – told Sky News on Friday morning that they are "not Covid deniers" but say that their argument is really about freedom of speech.

Speaking to Kay Burley on the news channel, brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass claimed they are also worried about the pandemic's devastating effect on the economy, elderly and vulnerable and the entertainment industry and that they oppose the lockdown.

The I'm Too Sexy hitmakers told: "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."

Right Said Fred brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass spoke on their views on Covid-19 on Sky News
(Image: Sky News)

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The duo – who have been labelled as anti-vaxxers – also explained their reasons for protesting in Trafalgar Square as Richard added: "Our basic position is – and it gets grossly misunderstood – is that you should be able to say whatever you want to say."

"We should never allow ourselves to get into a situation where speech becomes an issue – unless it's hate speech."

Fred added: "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."

He added: "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. So there's another march at the end of this month and we'll be going to that as well for exactly the same reason, which is free speech."

The pair – who recently took part in an anti-lockdown protest in London – say they are not "Covid deniers"
(Image: Sky News)

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The duo said that coronavirus has taken over and that other issues are being forgotten.

Fred shared: "I'm not trying to belittle or downgrade how COVID has affected many people.

"That's not what this is about. But you can't ignore swathes of other conditions and millions of people who also need help and healthcare.

"Mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse, addiction and the suicide rate's gone up. [The] divorce rate's gone up. These people are also in trouble."

Fred continued: "The whole economy should be opened up. We should look out for the frail, look after the vulnerable. People should stay at home if they feel unwell like you would do in any flu season. And… we have to stop infantilising the whole nation."

Speaking to Kay Burley on the news channel, they claimed they are also worried about the pandemic's devastating effect on the economy, elderly and vulnerable and the entertainment industry and that they oppose the lockdown
(Image: Sky News)

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Richard thinks the solution is to spend the funding on care homes and the NHS rather than furloughing staff and introducing lockdown measures.

Elsewhere during the TV interview, Kay asked the pair about their objections to wearing masks.

The musicians state that their stance on face coverings is that people are wearing them without question, or for effect.

Richard told: "All I'm saying with masks is, if you're gonna wear one, make sure it's the right mask.

The pair say they are "grossly misunderstood"
(Image: Sky News)

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"Understand how often you need to change it or if it's got a filter, when you need to change the filter; understand where you need to wear it, under what conditions. If you want to make sure that the mask is fully effective, go on the internet and make sure that the makers of the mask are bona fide makers."

Kay then quizzed them on what circumstances, if any, they would wear a mask in.

Richard replied: "I would wear a mask if I was in an area like in the hospital. If I was visiting an elderly relative and they insisted, yes, I would."

Fred revealed that he wore one on a flight before.

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