The lead singer of the 90’s English funk band Jamiroquai, denied that he was one of the protestors that was photographed breaching the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot.
Jay Kay’s name began trending on Twitter when social media users incorrectly identified a protestor wearing a double tailed racoon hat and horns as the singer, who often performs shows wearing lavish headgear. He quickly cleared up the confusion on with a video he tweeted on the platform.
“Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that’s my crowd,” he posted. “Stay safe everyone, J xxx.”
Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that's my crowd. Stay safe everyone, J xxx pic.twitter.com/8Fuime28cc
— Jamiroquai (@JamiroquaiHQ) January 7, 2021
In a fake Southern accent, the English musician addressed the controversy. “Good morning world, now some of you may be thinking you saw me in Washington last night, but I’m afraid, I wasn’t with all those freaks,” he said.
He went on to wish viewers a happy new year, noted that he was locked down under quarantine restrictions in the United Kingdom, and went on to suggest that the pandemic was a direct result of the way animals are caged and farmed.
“We’re just going to keep getting this again and again, so hopefully, we’ll try and learn our lesson.”
The protestor, who has quickly become infamous for being photographed shirtless in the headpiece and red, white, and blue face paint, has been identified as 32 year-old QAnon conspiracy theorist Jake Angeli, who dresses in the elaborate get up to attract public attention so he can explain his wild theories.