Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay was forced to deny that he was one of the rioters at the US Capitol on Wednesday after he began trending on social media.
Twitter users noted the resemblance of one of the rioter’s Viking horns to Kay’s flamboyant headgear that he often donned while performing.
“Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that’s my crowd,” the English singer tweeted on Thursday. “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
The heavily painted man has been identified as Jake Angeli, 32, a QAnon supporter and regular attendee at far-right rallies in Arizona.
Kay, 51, also posted a video in which he said in an exaggerated American twang, “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 then switched to his native British accent and wished everyone a happy new year and thanks for the birthday messages.
Kay noted that the U.K is once again under lockdown due to COVID-19 and added, “The way we treat our animals, farming them, caging them, all the rest of it, we’re just going to keep getting this again and again. Hopefully we’ll try and learn our lesson.”
The English funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992 and scored MTV’s Video of the Year for the song “Virtual Insanity.”
Jamiroquai singer: I’m not the Capitol ‘viking’ rioter The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Page Six.