Skip to comments.Who give a **** about New York when whales and elephants are dying?
Posted on 10/26/2001 7:11:49 PM PDT by vannrox
LEE RYAN from Blue has made an astonishing outburst saying the attacks on New York have been blown out of proportion.
The stupid boy there is no other expression for him told The Sun that instead of feeling sorry for New Yorkers we should be worrying about WHALES and ELEPHANTS.
As his horrified mates from Britains top boy band tried to shut him up, Lee insisted on speaking out.
The 18-year-old, who actually WITNESSED the September 11 tragedy, said during a visit to The Suns HQ: Who gives a f about New York when elephants are being killed?
Animals need saving and thats more important. This New York thing is being blown out of proportion ... Im not afraid to say this, it has to be said and thats why Im the outspoken one from the band.
The groups bosses at Virgin were furious about Lees gaffe.
Lee and the rest of Blue Duncan James, Antony Costa and Simon Webbe were filming a video in New York at the time of the World Trade Center atrocities.
His outburst came as fellow band members recalled their horror at the tragedy.
Blue got to No1 with Too Close last month. Their new single, If You Come Back, is out on November 12.
They were doing a webchat for The Sun when he made his shocking remarks. Here is part of the transcript. For the full interview click the link at the top of the page.
We started by asking Blue what they saw in New York.
ANTONY: We saw the second plane crash into the tower and then the building crumble.
THE SUN: You witnessed all that? That must have been scary.
SIMON: Of course it was scary, it would be. Its the biggest day of terrorism in history.
LEE: What about whales? (Everyone paused and looked at him, confused)
LEE: They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and thats more important. This New York thing is being blown out of proportion
SIMON: Shut up, Lee
THE SUN: Thats a bit out of order, dont you think?
LEE: Who gives a f about New York when elephants are being killed?
DUNCAN: Shut up
LEE: Im not afraid to say this, it has to be said and thats why Im the outspoken one from the band.
Later it dawned on Lee how stupid his comments had been and he feared losing his job.
A pal said: He feels awful and is very worried.
But after a severe carpeting by Virgin, Lee last night apologised and pledged to donate his share of profits from If You Come Back to our Twin Towers Fund.
He said: I am deeply sorry for what I have said and apologise unreservedly to everyone affected by the tragedy of September 11.
I was trying to express my concerns for other issues close to my heart but I realise now I did so in a very foolish and offensive way.
I will donate my royalties from our next single to the Twin Towers Fund.
I hope this small gesture will go some way to showing that I really am very sorry.
Lee may have apologised but he is 18, old enough to vote and to know better. What do you think? Should he be sacked? Ring my hotline on the left to cast your vote.
(come to think of it, I have no friggin' idea who this kid is. Just as well--I won't take it too hard when he ends up working at a laundromat and living in a trailer park).
I can't find an email address directly to the perp, but here is one for the official fanclub:
Kill all whales and all elephants and feed them to the cattle. They crap and fart a lot and take way too much space on our small planet
Were they waiting for the strange little alien to come crawling out his ear?
This guys sounds like the perfect product of the most recent MTV generation; born and bred on environmental gloom and doom. I'm glad that someone is taking him and his stupidity to task!
I used to think like that, but then i entered third grade.
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