TikTok comedian famous for his predictions on Covid numbers sparks fury after he showed up at an anti-lockdown rally shouting: ‘All we want is freedom’
- Jon-Bernard Kairouz was spotted firing the anti-lockdown crowd in Sydney
- Tik Tok comedian told protesters it was ‘time for freedom’ as ‘people’s prime minister’
- Kairouz, 26, previously guessed the state’s Covid figures for five consecutive days
- Developed a cult following on social media, but today’s stunt pissed off followers
The TikTok comedian who developed a cult following for predicting the daily Covid number in Sydney has been panned by his own followers for attending an anti-lockdown rally.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz hand-held a megaphone and proclaimed himself “Prime Minister of the People” as he drove a crowd of thousands to frenzy outside City Hall on Saturday.
“All we want is freedom,” he shouted to a roar from the crowd, before sharing clips of the speech on his Instagram.
But the stunt quickly backfired, with followers wondering why he joined thousands of protesters and risked extending the city’s lockdown.
“This is fucking ridiculous,” one wrote. “If your goal is freedom, you’ve screwed up bringing thousands of people together. Note the peak. Congrats!’
‘There are people in the ICU, how selfish can you be?’ added one more.
TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz was seen on Saturday firing the anti-lockdown protesters in Sydney’s CBD.
The comedian estimated the crowd at ‘50,000 and it was all about freedom for the people of NSW’
Kairouz rose to fame during the Sydney lockdown after correctly reporting how many cases NSW would announce five times in a row the following morning.
His streak ended Monday morning with his prediction of 109 past the actual figure of 98.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was a ‘disappointment…someone somewhere in the system’ thought it necessary to leak the numbers to Mr Kairouz.
“I saw someone on social media say it was a sting. No, it wasn’t,” Hazzard told reporters Monday.
‘It was looking at what the problems were and making sure the system was such that the information could be stored at the right time.’
NSW, which counts cases for a period from 24 hours to 8pm, releases numbers and the context of each case at 11am daily.
Kairouz has repeatedly insisted that his predictions are the result of “simple math”, but has not released a single video since his suspected leak in the NSW Health department was revealed.
Kairouz accurately predicted the count of NSW Covid figures for five days in a row, before his suspected source in NSW Health was revealed
Gladys Berejiklian was recently asked at a press conference if NSW Health had a leak and if she was concerned.
“Right now I know a lot of people who would have all kinds of information and that’s welcome, we live in a democracy,” she said.
When asked about his newfound stardom on social media, Kairouz said he was just trying to enjoy the process and his newfound fame.
“I have a ball,” he said.
“I’ve been creating content on Instagram and TikTok for about a year now and growing exponentially on the social platforms has been a lot of fun and a whirlwind.”
Gladys Berejiklian (photo) was pressured during a press conference about the figures of the young TikToker