We know our Little Mix ladies aren’t afraid to speak their minds. It is, after all, one of the many reasons we love them so much.
We also know they’re pretty intelligent women, which makes them even better. Jade’s latest comments on the negative response to her airing her political views proves they’re not willing to pretend to be pop puppets – they’re proud to stand up for what they believe in, even if it’s controversial.
You may remember Jade using the band’s Twitter account to retweet politician Jeremy Corbyn, stating her opinion on parliament’s decision for the UK to bomb Syria.
Truly saddened and ashamed by the vote tonight. So, so sorry to the innocent people of Syria xxjadexx https://t.co/gdfskg2FgM
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) December 3, 2015
It provoked a lot of backlash but also encouraged support from some of the band’s 8 million Twitter followers.
Stick to flogging CDs, @LittleMix. The grown ups are dealing with the world affairs.
— Toyblerone (@WelshToy) December 3, 2015
— mami acne (@babefeatures) December 3, 2015
Another politician, Jamie Reed, also got involved.
Now, I don’t know where to start… https://t.co/VyZhBPLE6a
— Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) December 3, 2015
The people of Twitter jumped to Jade’s defence, and set Jamie straight.
.@jreedmp God forbid a woman has an opinion on politics! It’s great to see someone using their celebrity to make people aware of how this…
— #hotlinebean (@shanrose_xo) December 3, 2015
@jreedmp How about with not attacking a young woman for holding a political opinion that does not coincide with yours?
— Sabine (@ThatSabineGirl) December 3, 2015
In a new interview with ‘The Guardian,’ Jade is asked if she thought these politicians mocked her tweets just because they wanted to keep her quiet.
Yes, especially male MPs who like to ridicule young women for having an opinion. What I don’t understand is: they should be encouraging young people to be interested in politics and then, the minute you do, you get criticised. I think it’s a bit shocking for people when pop stars say anything out of the safe zone.
We think it’s awesome that young pop stars show interest in politics, from Beyoncé and Fifth Harmony declaring #ImWithHer to Zayn and Olly Alexander reacting to the effects of Brexit. What do you think, though? Was Jade right to air her views on social media, even if her fans didn’t agree with her? Let us know your thoughts below!