British Eurovision entrant is anti-Boris Johnson Left-wing activist
Britain’s Eurovision entrant is a Left-wing activist who hates Boris Johnson and said he did not deserve an ICU bed as he fought for his life, The Telegraph can reveal.
Mae Muller, who will perform her track I Wrote A Song in Liverpool next month, made the remarks as Mr Johnson was receiving medical treatment for the virus.
Lee Anderson, deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, criticised the singer’s “vile Left-wing slurs” and accused the BBC of a lack of “common sense” for choosing her to represent the UK.
In a series of political tweets, Ms Muller also campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn, took aim at the “racist and elitist” Conservative Party and said “I hate this country” amid a row over free school meals.
The 25-year-old, who found fame on TikTok, was selected by BBC bosses in partnership with management company TaP Music in the hope that she can go one better than last year by winning the annual song contest on May 13.
As Mr Johnson remained in intensive care for a third day at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on April 8, 2020, Ms Muller wrote on Twitter: “Unpopular opinion but I do not feel sorry for Boris Johnson.
“Yes, he is human, yes, he has kids, but so do 100s of other people who have actually died due to Tory policies. Taking up a bed in intensive care but you’re not on a ventilator and in ‘high spirits’? Nah mate.”
In a second tweet, she said: “The same nurses you praise in your speeches are the same nurses you chose to cut all their benefits, and cheered while doing it.
“The same nurses that can’t even afford protective wear, and are literally dying because of you. Boris does not have my sympathy and never will.”
The previous night, Downing Street had described Mr Johnson as “stable” and “in good spirits” – confirming he did not have pneumonia and was not on a ventilator – but said he would remain in intensive care “for close monitoring”.
In the run-up to the 2019 general election, Ms Muller tweeted “f— the Tories” as she backed Jeremy Corbyn. She said: “Please register to vote today! And when you do vote please vote Labour! We have the power to take these racist elitists down so let’s do it!”
After Mr Johnson won the election, she tweeted “f— Boris”, and when he tested positive for Covid she quoted his previous comments about shaking hands with Covid patients to say: “LOL life comes at you fast Boris.”
Tory MPs condemned her remarks and questioned the BBC’s judgement in selecting her to represent Britain in this year’s contest.
Mr Anderson, who is the MP for Ashfield, said: “It’s starting to look like vile Left-wing slurs are actually something the BBC requires from people it wants to promote.
“You’d think after the Lineker fiasco they’d have used some common sense but it just goes to show they don’t care. And why would they, given the licence fee?
“If they think by planting their own Left-wing entrant into Eurovision will see us re-enter the EU at some stage then they should think again. The days of ‘making our mind up’ are done.”
Craig Mackinlay, Tory MP for South Thanet said Ms Muller’s comments were “foul-mouthed and unpleasant”, claiming her views were “the norm” among employees of the BBC.
‘Be a bit more humane’
David Jones, a former Cabinet minister, added: “Mae is genuinely very talented, and she has the prospects of an excellent career ahead of her.
“Perhaps she ought to consider the best way of cultivating that career is to be a bit more humane.
“Boris Johnson was close to death – he was in the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital – and frankly a bit more sympathy and understanding is expected.”
Ms Muller’s upbeat breakup song, which has been streamed more than three million times on Spotify and already cracked the UK Top 40, is apolitical in nature.
The Eurovision rules stipulate the contest is a “non-political event” and that no “organisation, institutions, political cause or other cause, company, brand, product or service” should be promoted, featured or directly mentioned during the event.
It is understood the BBC plans to take no action over the tweets because they were posted online before her engagement with the broadcaster over Eurovision.
Mae Muller’s representative and TaP Music did not respond to a request for comment.