Calvin Harris let his feelings be known in an Instagram post criticizing the UK government’s treatment of the music industry amid COVID-19.
Posted Monday, the image shows a burnt-out nightclub with the caption, “as usual the UK government treating music industry like sh–; contributes 5bn to the economy, generates massive tax revenues for NHS and other public services…besides that, culture is extremely f—ing important…you’ve lost sight of what life is about…you’d rather live in a world of supermarkets and pharmaceutical drugs.”
The Scottish producer’s post came after a Sept. 28 Sky News interview with Helen Whately, the UK’s Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care. During the conversation, Whately stated that it “doesn’t make sense to continue supporting jobs where there simply isn’t work at the moment” including jobs in the nightlife sector.
This discussion came after the announcement that the UK’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which launched in March, will start dramatically reducing grants to self-employed people in the UK.
Down in the comments section on Instagram, Harris also fired back at a commenter who wrote “1st pic is from a nightclub fire in Germany or Poland… f*ck all to do with the U.K. Also, you live in L.A. Got a edm pop album coming out? Pipe down, sell out.”
“It’s a metaphorical image daft c–t,” Harris replied, “and aye as someone who didn’t come from money worked in a fish factory and Safeway before becoming one of the most successful british producers of all time, I’ll make my f–king comment.”
The post has gotten more than 127,000 likes and comments of support from a wide-ranging crew of music industry figures including Showtek, Pete Tong, Cedric Gervais, Omnia Nightclub and Kaskade, the latter of whom commented that “the last places to open back up will be churches and nightclubs…. sounds like a punch line. Wild.”