Ringo Starr’s Brexit take cropped up again and split the internet
Everybody over a certain age knows who Ringo Starr is, as well as quite a few under that age, but the former Beatle isn’t exactly well known for his insight and political acumen. In spite of that, here he is giving Newsnight his thoughts on Brexit back in 2017.
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 13, 2017
Some Leave supporters, like this chap, were very much on board with Ringo’s message.
Legendary Ringo Starr says
"The people voted and they have to get on with it.
You had the vote, this is what won, let’s get on with it.
I would have voted for Brexit because it’s a great move.
To be in control of your own country is a good move."
A true patriot indeed! pic.twitter.com/oUlfpYVbCU
— Brexit-Warrior-Steve Fighting Enemies of Democracy (@StevieBrexit) September 8, 2019
But it really didn’t endear him to the Remain-leaning part of Twitter, as you’d expect.
Favourite Beatles in order:
Joint First: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon.
Last: Ringo Starr.
— Amanda Abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) September 9, 2019
I live in the Welsh Streets, Liverpool where Ringo was born, he doesn’t live here, doesn’t pay taxes here, has no idea the devastation #brexit is already causing, car factories, medicines. Ringo if you want to smirk about #Brexit – come back home, visit local workplaces & listen https://t.co/jCubHQEpb2
— Theresa Griffin MEP (@TheresaMEP) September 9, 2019
just saw ringo was trending, shat myself, found out he’s not dead, sighed with relief, found out he’s a brexit supporter, shat myself again
— rhona (@dearmymartha) September 9, 2019
The idiocy of fame:
Man used to hit some bits of metal with sticks 55 years ago so somehow his view on Brexit is newsworthy.
The views of anyone who has tens of millions worth of assets is of no consequence. They won't suffer from the impact of Brexit. #Ringo
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) September 9, 2019
Comedian, musician and Liverpudlian, Mitch Benn, felt Ringo fitted the demographic.
Of COURSE Ringo is pro-Brexit; he’s a rich old white guy who doesn’t live in Britain https://t.co/Kk3cN0KyYz
— Mitch Benn 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@MitchBenn) September 8, 2019
Whilst his fellow comedian, Shappi Khorsandi, came to the drummer’s defence, but not in a Brexity way.
Cut me in half and you’ll see the word ‘remain’ (and ‘buy cat food’) running through me. But I am not the same animal as the people tearing down Ringo Starr’s talent for having a different view. Unless you’ve been in the Beatles or voiced an iconic cartoon yourself, let him be 🙉
— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) September 9, 2019
Finally, Andrew O’Neill, who is …yes, you’ve guessed it – a comedian, parodied an old fake quote about Ringo Starr’s talents – you know the one.
Ringo wasn’t even the best Brexit commentator in the Beatles.
— Andrew O'Neill ☉ (@destructo9000) September 9, 2019
Whatever else he’s done or said, we’ll always have Thomas.