While Matt Hancock and Therese Coffey spend their week defending homophobia, here they are ‘singing’ about gay sex at karaoke
Matt Hancock and Therese Coffey, who spent their weeks defending homophobia, attempt to sing “Don’t Stop Me Now” in a resurfaced video and by all accounts, Freddie Mercury is “spinning in his grave”.
This week saw work and Coffey, pensions secretary, double down on her opposition to same-sex marriage, and health secretary Hancock defend the homophobic views of the UK’s rumoured new trade boss Tony Abbott.
But if you think that was bad, there’s no stopping them now.
A video has emerged online of Hancock and Coffey performing a hellish karaoke rendition of “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, and the entire internet is begging 2020 to “make it stop”.
According to Indy100, the cursed clip was filmed three years ago at the Conservative Party Conference in October 2017, and finds the two politicians screeching along to a song Guardian critic Alexis Petridis once described as a “paean to gay pleasure-seeking”.
One Twitter user gave a sensible warning: “If you are prone to experiencing nightmares, please don’t watch. Viewers discretion advised.”
Oh god oh god oh god pic.twitter.com/zWzpx1Gfxk
— 🧢oliver – what happened to Truth 3.5% (@laughingginge) September 2, 2020
The video shows Coffey and Hancock “singing” and “dancing” to the Queen song, which was written by queer icon Freddie Mercury.
Twitter users pointed out the painful irony, with one writing: “Nothing to see here except Therese Coffey blasting her way through a song about gay sex with gusto, shortly after voting against the amendment for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.” (It was actually in July 2019 that she voted to deny queer Northern Irish people their rights).
— Nicholas Shaw (@Lambdoid) September 2, 2020
Freddie Mercury is turning in his grave 😱. pic.twitter.com/MHqevZBwD7
— jane turnbull⭐️🖤😷 (@janeturnbull17) September 2, 2020
While the extent of Coffey’s dancing seems to be some gentle toe-tapping, Hancock’s apparent signature move is repeatedly crouching down on the ground and then standing back up again.
Twitter users insisted their ears were “in need of removal” after watching the video, with one commenting: “Am cringing hearing the words ‘if you wanna have a good time just give me a call’ being uttered by the void that is Matt Hancock.”
“No no no no no no no no no no no no,” wrote another. “Don’t know why but I’m squeezing everything tight.”
Others pointed out that Hancock needed to read the lyrics to the iconic song, with one person observing: “I mean it takes a certain type doesn’t it?
“I’m pretty sure even a five-year-old knows Queen songs off by heart, imagine having to read it off the script whilst on stage, goodness me.”
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Some people on Twitter chose to keep their sound off, as the thought of listening to the video was just too much.
“I’m not clicking on it,” said one. “Just looking at it without sound makes me want to be violently sick.
“There’s no way I’m going to listen as I’ll never be able to [bear] it!!”