Fury at Joe Lycett for ‘pushing his own politics’ at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Fury at Joe Lycett for ‘pushing his own politics’ during BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony after telling viewers: ‘I’m going to do something the government doesn’t always do and welcome strangers’

  • The Birmingham-born comedian angered viewers with his comments last night
  • He aimed a mockery at the government over its controversial immigration policies
  • People on social media were unimpressed, calling it a ‘dumb virtue signal’

Joe Lycett has been criticized for ‘pushing his own politics’ during BBC coverage of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham-born comedian was introducing a group of Asian athletes to the crowd inside Alexander Stadium last night, he took aim at the Conservative government.

Wearing a pink tracksuit, he joked: ‘I’m going to do something now that the UK government doesn’t always do, and welcome foreigners!’

The comment sparked fury from some people online, who criticized him for using the sporting event to make a political point.

Joe Lycett struck a swipe at the government at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last night, saying: ‘I’m going to do something now that the UK government doesn’t always do, and welcome foreigners’

Comedian Joe Lycett has left some viewers furious after criticizing the government at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.  Here he can be seen wearing a frilly pink tracksuit at last night's event

Comedian Joe Lycett has left some viewers furious after criticizing the government at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Here he can be seen wearing a frilly pink tracksuit at last night’s event

One person said: “Sad that sporting events are now becoming so heavily politicized. Just. Do. Sport.’

Another added: “To be honest I think it was a bad show.” Saying at the event in front of other countries, when the UK actually welcomes “foreigners” is not helpful. He was lucky to get the gig. He should not then use it to push his own personal policy.

One commenter said: ‘Yes it was a fire, a dumpster fire. Not necessary for a sporting event and just stupid virtue signage. There is a time and a place and that was not it.

Another wrote: ‘You kidding the UK government does more for foreigners than for the born and bred, here wake up man.’

After his comment infuriated some viewers, the comedian then took to Twitter to aim for a jibe at Home Secretary Priti Patel.

After his comment infuriated some viewers, the comedian then took to Twitter to aim for a jibe at Home Secretary Priti Patel.

After the show ended, Lycett took to Twitter, where he posted a jibe to Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying, “soz @pritipatel just a little tehehe banter.”

The joke and follow-up comment targeted the government as it tried to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Rwanda’s controversial scheme, which has so far failed to get off the ground after a series of legal challenges from human rights activists and lawyers for asylum seekers, was announced more early this year.

It was recently revealed that the East African nation has told the government it can only accept 200 asylum seekers, despite being given £120million to process them.

While people criticized Lycett for his comments, there was praise for the rest of the opening ceremony, which saw athletes from 72 different nations and territories parade around the stadium.

Segments featuring a parade of cars, fireworks and even a giant mechanical bull wowed the crowds in the stadium and those watching on TV at home.

The Prince of Wales stood in for the Queen to officially open the games, delivering a moving speech in her place in which he praised Her Majesty’s “passion and commitment” to the Commonwealth.

The 96-year-old monarch had backed down amid continuing mobility issues, but is sure to have watched the spectacular opening of his summer retreat at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The Prince of Wales and Commonwealth Games Federation Chairwoman Dame Louise Martin during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium yesterday

The Prince of Wales and Commonwealth Games Federation Chairwoman Dame Louise Martin during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium yesterday

In the Ring: The 50-foot mechanical bull parades around the main stadium in a spectacle that wowed many

In the Ring: The 50-foot mechanical bull parades around the main stadium in a spectacle that wowed many

Social media exploded with comments from those at the stadium and at home, with some praising the creativity of the curtain-raising event, and others mocking the exuberance on display.

Many marveled at a 50ft mechanical bull, a recreation of the famous statue that greets shoppers at Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping centre.

Others were impressed by the parade of cars which featured classic and modern vehicles built in the West Midlands – with Aston Martins, Land Rovers and McLarens on display – although some took it as an ironic jab at the notorious of Birmingham congestion.

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