TikTok comedian famous for his Covid count predictions sparks fury after turning up at anti-lockdown rally and shouting: ‘All we want is freedom’
- Jon-Bernard Kairouz was spotted firing up the anti-lockdown crowd in Sydney
- Tik Tok comedian told protestors it was ‘time for freedom’ as ‘people’s Premier’
- Kairouz, 26, previously guessed the state’s Covid figures for five successive days
- Developed a cult following on social media, but today’s stunt angered followers
The TikTok comedian who developed a cult following for predicting Sydney’s daily Covid count has been panned by his own followers for attending an anti-lockdown rally.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz held a megaphone and declared himself ‘the people’s Premier’ as he whipped a crowd of thousands into a frenzy outside Town Hall on Saturday.
‘All we want is freedom,’ he shouted to a roar from the crowd, before sharing clips of the speech to his Instagram.
But the stunt quickly backfired, with followers questioning why he joined thousands of protesters and risked extending the city’s lockdown.
‘This is f***ing ridiculous,’ one person wrote. ‘If your aim is freedom — you’ve f***ed up by bringing thousands of people together. Watch the spike. Congrats!’
‘There are people in ICU how selfish can you be?’ added another.
TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz was spotted firing up the anti-lockdown protestors in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday
The comedian estimated the crowd to be ‘50,000 and that it was all about freedom for the people of NSW’
Kairouz shot to fame during Sydney’s lockdown after correctly reporting how many cases NSW would announce the following morning five times in a row.
His streak ended last Monday morning with his prediction of 109 beyond the actual figure of 98.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was a ‘disappointment … someone, somewhere in the system’ felt it was necessary to leak the numbers to Mr Kairouz.
‘I saw someone saying on social media that it was a sting. No it wasn’t,’ Mr Hazzard told reporters on Monday.
‘It was looking at what the issues were and making sure that the system was such that the information could be kept to the appropriate time.’
NSW, which counts cases over a 24-hour period to 8pm, releases figures and the context of each case daily at 11am.
Kairouz has repeatedly insisted his predictions are the result of ‘simple maths’, but has not released a single video since his suspected leak in the NSW Health department was outed.
Kairouz accurately predicted the count of NSW Covid figures five days in a row, before his suspected source in NSW Health was exposed
Gladys Berejiklian was recently questioned at a press conference on whether NSW Health had a leak and if she was concerned.
‘I know at the moment a lot of people alleged to have various bits of information and that’s welcome, we are in democracy,’ she said.
When questioned about his newfound social media stardom, Kairouz said he was just trying to enjoy the process and his new-found notoriety.
‘I’m having a ball,’ he said.
‘I’ve been creating content on Instagram and TikTok for just about a year now and to grow exponentially on the social platforms has been really fun and it’s been a whirlwind.’
Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) was pressed about the young TikToker’s numbers at a press conference