IRISH POP duo Jedward became embroiled in a bizarre spat with The Corrs guitarist Jim Corr after discovering he attended the anti-mask protests held in Dublin this weekend.
In an increasingly heated Twitter row, the X Factor stars even told Corr “your sisters never needed you” in a pointed reference to his role alongside his three sisters in the platinum-selling act.
Hundreds congregated outside Custom House Quay in Dublin on Saturday to protest Ireland’s strict social distancing measures and mandatory use of face masks.
Jedward – real names John and Edward Grimes – were among those to hit out at the demonstrators on social media.
The brothers tweeted: "Dear Dublin Anti Mask Protest! Get the f*** inside you selfish low lives sincerely the rest of the country."
Unbeknownst to the pair at the time, Corr attended the protest and had even shared a short video from the demonstration, noting the “great turnout”.
Jedward soon got wind of the 56-year-old's post, responding with a pun-laden post referencing one of The Corr’s biggest hits.
Responding with a poster showcasing the official public health advice on coronavirus, they quipped: "G'wan leave the whole country 'breathless' from Covid because of your idiotic behaviour."
While the brothers, who currently live in LA and attended the Black Lives Matter protests, acknowledged that "everyone has the right to protest", they drew the line when"the consequences are more deaths".
"That's not democracy it's murder!"
The Corrs puns continued in another post.
"When your core message is wrong you have no legs to stand on! There's only one right in this fight against COVID so don't even try to question it! Change your attitude and get with the times."
A noted anti-vaxxer and opponent of face masks, Corr soon responded to the taunts, replying: "Shut up you fools and grow a brain between you."
Not to be outdone, Jedward replied with yet more puns and another stinging putdown.
"Why don't you just go and 'Runaway' and FYI your sisters never needed you please leave the band,” they said.
Why don’t you just go and “Runaway” and FYI your sisters never needed you please leave the band 👍🏻
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) August 22, 2020
"You're a waste of our time, we're getting bored. May as well be talking to a brick wall. Go to bed Jim."
Corr fired back in kind: "Ireland's Millie Vanillie have spoken and I shall hand in my notice forthwith."
He then signed off: "But lads, I just want to say..." followed by a link to the music video for The Corr hit I Never Loved You Anyway.
Not to be outdone, Jedward hit back: "You're the best background band member In the history of Irish music. Jim 'it really doesn't matter at all, cause we are so young now' and 'irresistible' you're just another #COVIDIOT good luck with your air guitar skills."
At that point, the brothers appeared to show some regret for the spat, writing: "Twitter fights are so pathetic! We don't have time! We're right you're wrong. Wear your mask and wash your hands to whoever needs to hear this."
Jedward have been in the US since last year and currently reside with American Pie star and Celebrity Big Brother pal Tara Reid and her boyfriend.
An outspoken presence on Twitter, Corr is vehemently opposed to vaccinations and the use of masks during the pandemic.
Back in 2011, Corr famously gave an interview in which he outlined several noted conspiracy theories he believes.
Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on RTE's The Saturday Night Show he outlined his belief that climate change is a hoax, that there is a secret society trying to establish a one world government and that the US military has a secret tectonic weapon which could have been used to cause the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
He also believes the truth about the September 11 terrorist attacks is being suppressed.