Gary Lineker roasts Matt Le Tissier after he asks why scientists never tried to defeat flu
Posting on Twitter, Le Tissier questioned why scientists have “never” tried to defeat flu in the same way as they have Covid, despite the fact that they quite clearly have – through the flu vaccine.
Why didn’t we ever try this hard to “defeat” flu? It has a similar fatality rate to “covid” and actually affects younger people more? Answers on a postcard— Matt Le Tissier🌸 (@mattletiss7) September 8, 2021
And Lineker let him know just that, much to the delight of those on social media who shared the response:
Yeah Matt, why didn’t someone come up with a flu vaccine? https://t.co/lXX5WlXBUp— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 8, 2021
Stick to football mate🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/VniWa5mL3k— jake smith (@jake_thedog05) September 8, 2021
Lineker is not the only famous figure to put Le Tissier in his place. He was also given a dressing down by novelist Claire Coleman and sports pundit Aaron West, among others:
Does Matt think asking a stupid question but blocking replies is a power move? https://t.co/lIliI4cz34— Claire G. Coleman (@clairegcoleman) September 8, 2021
You know somebody’s getting their ass beat in the QRT’s when they ask an idiotic question, solicit responses then lock their replies 😭— Aaron West (@oeste) September 8, 2021
Matt Le Tissier getting caught on the full volley right now, they are frying him UP 😂 https://t.co/9w6d5T8UBl
How did Matt Le Tissier have enough brain cells to be so good at taking penalties? His covid tweets have been consistently and spectacularly stupid. pic.twitter.com/LcHQYpM83o— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 8, 2021
Meanwhile, a few others on social media said Le Tissier had a point as flu has never necessitated lockdowns or huge restrictions. But people were quick to let them know that flu has never spread in such an uncontrollable fashion and caused huge pressure on the NHS, as the coronavirus pandemic has done.
Over the past 18 months, other people have frequently drawn false parallels between flu and coronavirus, like Chet Hanks, for instance, who charmingly told people to “get over it”. Every time they do so, they are utterly derided.
When will they learn?