Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall addresses controversial 'ranking cultures' tweets after backlash

22 May 2020, 14:47

Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall addresses controversial tweets after backlash
Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall addresses controversial tweets after backlash. Picture: PA • Twitter

By Rory O'Connor

Simply Red star Mick Hucknall has appeared to hit back at Twitter users after they criticised his post in which he listed the "coolest cultures on the planet".

The 59-year-old singer - or at least whoever runs the Simply Red Twitter account - compiled a list on the social media platform, but it didn't go down too well.

It read: "Top 5 coolest cultures on planet Earth.

"1. African Americans (they invented cool) 2. Working Class British Musicians. 3. (A close 3rd) Jamaicans 4. Jewish Americans 5. Flamenco Gypsies."

They then went on to tweet famous musicians who fell into each category including Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

However, some Twitter users hit out at the star for seemingly ranking cultures.

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One user wrote: "I have a great deal of time for Mick Hucknall, for a great many reasons, but I would call this, at best, quite the failure to read the room."

Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall addresses controversial tweets after backlash
Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall addresses controversial tweets after backlash. Picture: PA

The account later added more tweets, one of which read: "Btw… The Irish made our top ten," followed by: "My snowflake woke is outraged and deeply offended by seagulls and sardines."

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Hitting back at the criticism he had received over the post, Mick wrote: "Of course I knew that twitter is largely inhabited by confused, ignorant w*****s.

"I’m content in the knowledge that my view has been adequately confirmed."