With claims that lockdown might be coming to an end soon – does anyone really believe that? – it’s now a time where we can look back on it and talk about which celebrities acted like complete knobs during it.
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Alan Sugar has decided to make a late entry into this narrative as he decided to tweet the following to his 5.3 million followers, which is apparently a statement from a famous Chinese doctor stating that the Coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab. Take a look at this:
Seems legit, although if Lord Sugar had bothered to Google the doctor’s name before retweeting the statement, then he would have noticed that Tasuku is denying ever having said anything like that and has released another statement saying the following:
In the wake of the pain, economic loss, and unprecedented global suffering caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am greatly saddened that my name and that of Kyoto University have been used to spread false accusations and misinformation.
This is a time for all of us, especially those of us devoting our careers to the forefronts of scientific research, to work together to fight this common enemy. We cannot delay one moment in this effort to save the lives of our fellow humans.
At this stage, when all of our energies are needed to treat the ill, prevent the further spread of sorrow, and plan for a new beginning, the broadcasting of unsubstantiated claims regarding the origins of the disease is dangerously distracting.
Whoops. Even after acknowledging that he had made a mistake, Lord Sugar didn’t bother deleting the tweet and instead just said the following.
I just passed it on . I didn’t write it https://t.co/qhYl55isjO
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) April 30, 2020
Useful. He did eventually delete it, buttony after a bunch of people called him out for being an irresponsible prick for sharing these dumb conspiracy theories around – here are a few of the best responses:
OH WELL THATS OK THEN AS LONG AS YOU’RE ONLY SHARING SHIT FAKE CONSPIRACY THEORIES WITH YOUR 5 MILLION FOLLOWERS NOT WRITING THEM
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) April 30, 2020
If one of your Apprentice candidates made that excuse for passing on information they hadn’t validated, what would you say? Something like “You’re fired!”, perhaps?
— James West (@ejwwest) April 30, 2020
I heard you like watching old men pooing, I didn’t say it, just passing it on
— Liam Gallagher (@LiamGall1983) April 30, 2020
That was the Nazi prison guards defence when they were caught.
— Scaramoosh (@ScaramooshViral) April 30, 2020
That is quite literally the ignorance abound in society today summed up in one tweet well done @Lord_Sugar home run.
— lee gordon (@leegordonmusic) April 30, 2020
Ah Alan, time to get you in a nursing home. Long overdue.
— Kenny (@grey_harpoon) April 30, 2020
I mean you’ve gotta agree with them really haven’t you? You can’t be using a position of responsibility like that to spread around dangerous fake news, but I doubt there will any repercussions and anything will happen to him. So it goes.
For more Alan Sugar, check out when The Apprentice was accused of racism three weeks in a row. Surprise surprise.