One of the more bizarre sights during Wednesday’s riot which featured a pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol building was a bearded shirtless man, with several tattoos, wearing red, white and blue face paint, an animal pelt and a horned helmet.
The man was quickly identified as 32-year-old Arizona resident and “QAnon Shaman” Jake Angeli, according to the Arizona Republic. In an interview last year, Angeli said he wore the outfit to draw attention to himself when he tries to tell strangers about Qanon.
As the chaos ensued, and afterward, many tried to claim that the rioters were actually “antifa” or Black Lives Matter protesters.
While that theory was quickly debunked, an even odder rumor started: the man wearing the horned helmet and animal fur was Jay Kay, lead singer of London funk band Jamiroquai, who has been called out in the past for cultural appropriation for wearing a Native headdress while performing.
Unless, it was not true.
“Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that’s my crowd,” Jay Kay tweeted from the band’s account. “Stay safe everyone, J xxx.”
In a video accompanying the tweet, Jay Kay had much stronger words for the rioters.
“Good morning world!,” Jay Kay says in an exaggerated Southern twang. “Now some of you may be thinking you saw me in Washington last night but I’m afraid I wasn’t with all those freaks.”
Jay Kay, 51, quickly changed topics to wish fans a happy new year and express his disappointment that the band can’t be performing because of the COVID lockdown currently happening in the UK and warning that the way humans treat animals will result in more pandemics in the future.
“The way we treat our animals, farming them, caging them, all the rest of it, we’re just going to keep getting this again and again,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll try and learn our lesson.”
This has been your Jamiroquai update.