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Rapper Illy slams 'double standard' Covid restrictions


Australian rapper Illy has slammed the Australian government over some of the latest Covid restrictions.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday night, the 35-year-old criticised the government for banning singing and dancing at music festivals, while still allowing it to go ahead in churches.

‘You can postpone all our festivals and gigs, you can say no dancing in clubs for the next 50 years, and you can make singing and shouting in public illegal except in sermons and the cricket for some reason,’ he wrote.

Hitting back: Australian rapper Illy has slammed the Australian government over some of the latest Covid restrictions

Hitting back: Australian rapper Illy has slammed the Australian government over some of the latest Covid restrictions

‘But no matter how bulls**t you make the rules, you will STILL never, ever, get me to join Hillsong.’

Illy then followed up to clarify that he wasn’t ‘attacking religion’ and was simply upset by the latest restrictions. 

‘FYI I’m for everyone’s religious beliefs. The post is a joke, aimed at the latest horse shit double standard the music industry is ONCE AGAIN having to face. Not attacking religion at all,’ he wrote. 

Praise be! The 35-year-old rapper criticised the government for banning singing and dancing at music festivals, while still allowing it to go ahead in churches. (Scott Morrison pictured)

Praise be! The 35-year-old rapper criticised the government for banning singing and dancing at music festivals, while still allowing it to go ahead in churches. (Scott Morrison pictured)

Metal singer Ahren Stringer sarcastically commented on the post, joking: ‘Hillsong is pure unlike the rest of us degenerate scum!’

Premier Dominic Perrottet, after months of railing against Covid restrictions, announced last week that singing and dancing at indoor hospitality venues would be banned.

Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant explained the decision by saying the virus spreads easier on the dance floor compared to when people are sitting down, as people move around and interact with many others. 

Defiant: 'No matter how bulls**t you make the rules, you will STILL never, ever, get me to join Hillsong,' he snapped

Defiant: ‘No matter how bulls**t you make the rules, you will STILL never, ever, get me to join Hillsong,’ he snapped

Although the Perrottet government has scrapped singing and dancing in pubs, clubs, nightclubs, bars, entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities like music festivals, there are still some exemptions.

WHAT ARE NSW’S NEW COVID RULES? 

SINGING AND DANCING BANNED: Cutting shapes and belting out a tune is now banned both at indoor venues and during outdoor events. The only exceptions are for religious gatherings, weddings and performers.

TESTING CHANGES: People will be able to log positive RAT results with Service NSW from next week. They will be counted in daily Covid case figures.

STANDING AT VENUES: Venues will be discouraged from allowing ‘vertical consumption’ while drinking at bars and pubs.

ELECTIVE SURGERY SUSPENDED: The state has suspended elective surgery until mid-February to relieve pressure on the hospital system. 

BAN ON LARGE EVENTS: The ‘overwhelming majority’ of events will proceed, but will need approval of NSW Health.

Large religious gatherings are able go ahead with members of the congregation belting out hymns, while cutting shapes is still permitted at weddings.

Students, instructors and performers are also allowed to rehearse and hold events.

NSW Health has defended its decision to exempt religious gathers from the rules.

‘Singing and dancing in hospitality venues and nightclubs is deemed high risk due to increased movement and mingling within and across these venues, the influence of alcohol consumption, and the removal of masks in these settings to consume food and drink,’ a spokesperson said.

‘People attending religious services generally remain in fixed positions and masks are mandatory for these indoor gatherings.’

But it’s a bitter pill to swallow for the live music industry.

Stephen Wade, chairman of the Australian Live Music Business Council, said the industry ‘has been consistently targeted whenever there seems to be a major issue in Covid cases.’

‘It seems that our industry is an easy target, and has been consistently targeted whenever there seems to be a major issue in Covid cases,’ he told The Australian.

‘The confusion for the people who make their living within our industry is: what is the difference between singing and dancing at the cricket, or at Hillsong, or at a wedding, which are all allowed as of today?’

‘Our industry cops this again, without consultation. We’re consistently punished, as soon as everything goes really bad.’

Premier Dominic Perrottet, after months of railing against Covid restrictions, announced singing and dancing is now banned both indoors and out

Premier Dominic Perrottet, after months of railing against Covid restrictions, announced singing and dancing is now banned both indoors and out



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