James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ has been used by New Zealand police in an attempt to deter COVID-19 protesters.
Barry Manilow’s greatest hits – including ‘Mandy’ and ‘Could It Be Magic’ – were played on a 15-minute loop in a bid to disperse crowds protesting the government’s COVID-19 mandate in the capital, Wellington .
Sharing the post on Twitter, ex-army officer James, 47, wrote: “Let me know if this doesn’t work. @NZPolice.
And it turns out that his 2005 hit “You’re Beautiful” ended up being used by the police, but failed to stop the protests.
The BBC reports that it made no difference, with protesters shouting Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in response.
Earlier this week, New Zealand police arrested and charged more than 100 protesters with trespassing or obstructing.
The anger targets Jacinda Ardern’s government’s strict coronavirus rules, including a minimum 10-day isolation and a vaccination mandate.
As well as playing music, protesters were drenched by sprinklers but responded by digging trenches and making drainage pipes to divert water.
Meanwhile, James recently made headlines when he jokingly threatened to release new music if Spotify didn’t remove Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast.
After Neil Young and Joni Mitchell demanded their tracks be removed from the streaming service over their objections to podcaster Rogan spreading false information regarding the coronavirus vaccine, the ‘Bonfire Heart’ singer joked in saying he would do the opposite and release more music in protest.
He tweeted: “‘If @Spotify doesn’t remove @JoeRogan immediately I will be posting new music to the platform. #youwerebeautiful.”