Bruce Dickinson, Brexit Supporter, Complains About Brexit
It pains me to ridicule Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, because, well, he’s Iron Maiden singer Bruce FUCKING Dickinson. But here we are.
In a 2018 video for the French news outlet L’obs (below), Dickinson professed himself to be pro-Brexit, insisting it wouldn’t affect the music industry the way some feared it would (transcription by MetalSucks):
“I don’t see any problem with touring Australia. That’s not part of the EU [European Union]. There’s no problem with touring in Japan. That’s not part of the EU. I don’t see any problem with touring America… that’s not part of the EU. Now, do those musicians have problems coming to Europe? No.”
Arguing that the EU wasn’t “addressing” the “democratic needs” of individual countries throughout Europe, and that those countries would be better-served by their own leaders, Dickinson continued:
“Brexit will enable us to be more flexible and I think that people in Europe will get an advantage from that… It’s absurd to think that the fifth-biggest economy in the world is going to be somehow punished for a democratic decision made by its people.”
Cut ahead to earlier today (June 28), though, and Dickinson was singing a different tune. He told Sky News’ Kay Burley:
“Don’t get me started on the government’s attitude to the entertainment industry. We are probably one of the U.K.’s major exports. I mean … come on. And yet we’re sitting here, we can’t do anything.
“It’s very well known that I voted for Brexit. But, you know, the idea is after you’ve done it, you then go in and be sensible about the relationship you have with people. So, at the moment, all this guff about not being able to play in Europe, and the Europeans not being able to play over here and work permits and all the rest of the rubbish — come on! You know, get your act together.”
And the Internet completely ignored Dickinson’s change of position and nothing else happened. The End.
I’m kidding. Social media is having a field day with this:
Well, Deborah F., it seems to me that it’s not so much that Dickinson didn’t understand what he was voting for so much as he didn’t understand who he was voting with: you’d think the moment you hear Boris Johnson endorse an idea, you’d go, “Hm, if this dipshit is in favor of, it’s probably not great.” Or, as Brian Posehn put it, “Don’t ever agree with Kid Rock.”
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