Backlash after Jedward tweet ‘abolish the monarchy’ days after Queen’s death


#AbolishJedward! Furious backlash against ‘obnoxious’ and ‘disrespectful’ pop twins grows after pair tweeted ‘abolish the monarchy’ within days of the Queen’s death

  • John and Edward Grimes, 30, sparked outrage after criticising the Royal family
  • The duo tweeted: ‘Abolish the monarchy and give the people real democracy!’
  • People have told the ‘talentless’ and ‘irrelevant’ singers to stay out of politics
  • Previously came under fire for ‘insensitive’ comments about Queen’s health on the morning before she passed away aged 96 at Balmoral Castle 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

‘Abolish Jedward’ is trending on Twitter amid outrage that the twin singers called for the monarchy to be abolished just days after the Queen‘s death.

Irish brothers John and Edward Grimes, collectively known as Jedward, have sparked disapproval in recent days after a slew of Tweets blaming the British monarchy for ‘oppressing’ their country.

They were also criticised for sharing ‘insensitive’ comments about the Queen’s health on the morning before she passed away when they joked that Prime Minister Liz Truss ‘must have done something’ on her visit to Balmoral last Tuesday.

And now people are slamming them online after they tweeted on Saturday: ‘Abolish the monarchy and give the people real democracy!’

Social media users have slamed the brothers, calling for the former X-Factor duo, 30, to be abolished themselves, describing them as ‘talentless’, ‘obnoxious’ and ‘irrelevant’.

The pair shot to fame in 2009 when they came sixth on the British singing competition X-Factor under the mentorship of Louis Walsh. They have released four studio albums and represented Ireland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2011 and 2012. 

But in recent years they have made a name for themselves with their outspokenness on social media.

Irish twins John and Edward Grimes have sparked disapproval in recent days after a slew of Tweets that were critical of the British monarchy

Irish twins John and Edward Grimes have sparked disapproval in recent days after a slew of Tweets that were critical of the British monarchy

The former X-Factor singers have sparked outrage with their tweets about the monarchy in recent days, with #AbolishJedward now trending

The former X-Factor singers have sparked outrage with their tweets about the monarchy in recent days, with #AbolishJedward now trending

In reference to their Tweet about the British monarchy, one person responded: ‘I value Jedward’s political insights about as much as I value their music and fashion sense.’ 

Another asked: ‘When are you two going to grow up and act your age instead of behaving like two obnoxious brats?’

A third said: ‘I’d tell you to stick to music but you were terrible at that too.’

The tweet, which has more than 50,000 likes, has also drawn some support, with one person responding: ‘Don’t disagree in an ideological sense but in practice would be hard.’

Jayne Ross added: ‘They speak the truth’. 

But others questioned why the brothers, who were born in Dublin, were getting involved in matters of British democracy. 

Carol Donaldson said: ‘What has this got to do with Ireland and YOU?’ 

The singing duo were previously criticised for making 'insensitive' comments about the Queen's health on the morning before she died

The singing duo were previously criticised for making ‘insensitive’ comments about the Queen’s health on the morning before she died 

Others questioned why the Irish twins were so incensed about the existence of a monarchy in Britain

Others questioned why the Irish twins were so incensed about the existence of a monarchy in Britain

The pair have been very outspoken and critical of the role the monarchy played in British imperialism and have even called for King Charles, who became the new monarch automatically after the death of his mother on Thursday, to ‘hand back the six Irish counties on his visit to Northern Ireland’.

King Charles III is set to make his first official visit to Northern Ireland on Tuesday, when he and Camilla will fly to Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle.  

The King and Queen consort will meet with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Stormont party leaders.

After receiving a message of condolence led by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, they will travel to St Anne’s Cathedral for a service of reflection, where they will be joined by Prime Minister Liz Truss. 

Jedward have tweeted a slew of Tweets in recent days criticising the monarchy and 'British Imperialism'

Jedward have tweeted a slew of Tweets in recent days criticising the monarchy and ‘British Imperialism’

King Charles III and the Queen consort will travel to Northern Ireland on Tuesday as part of their tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom. Pictured during a trip to Belfast in 2019

King Charles III and the Queen consort will travel to Northern Ireland on Tuesday as part of their tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom. Pictured during a trip to Belfast in 2019

King Charles will also be attending services in England, Scotland and Wales this week ahead of his mother’s funeral next Monday. 

Today, after hearing tributes to his mother from MPs and peers and addressing them for the first time as monarch, he will travel to Edinburgh to follow the hearse to St Giles’ Cathedral. 

From 7.20pm he will perform the Vigil of The Princes alongside his brothers, while members of the public will be able to file past the coffin and pay their respects.  

The MailOnline has contacted Jedward’s representatives for comment. 



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