Boris Johnson has received a backlash for declaring that he’s a fan of The Clash.
The revelation came from a new general election campaign video in which the Prime Minister is seen walking around the Conservative Party headquarters answering questions.
At one point he is asked who his favourite band is and he replies: “Look this is either The Clash or The Rolling Stones, and mainly I listen to The Rolling Stones nowadays, so you can make of that what you will.”
Fans of The Clash were quick to air their ire on Twitter concerning the Prime Minister’s comments. “David Cameron liked The Jam, Boris Johnson likes The Clash. Do any of these chinless fucks even listen to the lyrics. Next Jacob Rees Mogg will be telling us how he loves NWA and was always down with the west coast vibe,” one wrote, while another added: “Don’t pretend to like the Clash, you lying Tory fuckbrain.”
David Cameron liked The Jam. Boris Johnson likes The Clash. Do any of these chinless fucks even listen to the lyrics?
Next Jacob Rees Mogg will be telling us how he loves NWA and was always down with the west coast vibe.
— Mark Hebden (@unionlib) November 12, 2019
Don't pretend to like the Clash, you lying Tory fuckbrain#VoteLabour
— Steve Davies – Vote Labour (@unioneyes) November 13, 2019
You can view a selection of further responses below.
Please, Mick Jones @BigAudioDyn Paul Simonon or Topper Headon, inform Boris Johnson (as Johnny Marr did when David Cameron claimed to be a Smiths fan) that he's not ALLOWED to like The Clash.
(I'd challenge the cunt to name more than 2 Clash songs off the top of his head anyway)
— Simon Price (@simon_price01) November 12, 2019
@BorisJohnson So your favourite band is @TheClash !!! ????
Yet another lie… however,
I can assure you there is no chance that you are the Clash's favourite PM. You represent EVERYTHING the Clash stand against.
— Chris McDougall???????????☠️ (@chrissybhoy777) November 13, 2019
So racist peddler of xenophobia @BorisJohnson says his favourite band is The Clash.
How does that work then Johnson? The Clash were an anti racist band, vehemently against authoritarian self-proclaimed elite power hoarders. Joe Strummer despised everything you stand for pic.twitter.com/91XTLTu57G
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) November 12, 2019
— BelleVueRuth (@CurlyRuthRuns) November 13, 2019
Just heard Boris Johnson likes The Clash. pic.twitter.com/sNUsnurKda
— Simon (@clashboy23) November 12, 2019
Please let the surviving members of the Clash let Boris Johnson know what they think of him using them for votes.
— John Niven HQ (@estellecostanza) November 12, 2019
One fan did defend the Johnson’s choices, pointing out that he did previously once choose The Clash song ‘Pressure Drop’ and ‘Start Me Up’ by The Rolling Stones on Desert Island Discs in 2005.
There's some consistency here, he picked Start me up by the Stones and Pressure Drop by The Clash on Desert Island Discs in 2005. French mustard was his luxury though, I imagine he's busy stockpiling that now 🙂
— Matthew Fraser (@mfraser19681) November 13, 2019
The surviving members of The Clash are yet comment on Johnson’s remarks but NME is chasing for a response.
David Cameron sparked similar outrage nearly a decade ago when he said he was a fan of The Smiths. In 2010, The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr tweeted: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”
Marr also recently slammed those who kept referring to Johnson by his first name like “some cuddly fun character”. “I wish people would stop referring to ‘Boris’ like he’s some cuddly fun character. They should refer to him by his full name; ‘That Wanker Boris Johnson'”, he added.
“I would say Boris is more entertaining,” Noel told The Daily Star. “His use of the English language is more superior.”
However, he was willing to admit that Liam would emerge triumphant in the beauty stakes.
“Liam is better looking though,” he said. “I probably would not get on with either of them.”