‘Four Lads in Jeans’ bloke hits out at ‘sick’ troll who mocked family funeral

One of the lads from a viral photo that has become a viral meme sensation has hit out at a "sickening" troll who mocked his grandad's funeral.

An innocent photograph taken on July 6, 2019, during a night out in Birmingham of Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney, Jamie Phillips, and Alex Lacey has led to months of teasing for the group.

They've taken their new-found fame in their stride and with good humour, especially after hitting the headlines once again when the meme was turned into a TikTok shanty deepfake which also gained huge viral success.

But Alex, 26, from Coventry, has now slammed a troll who scrolled six-years through his Twitter account to find a photo taken at his grandad's funeral – and then made a meme out of it.

He adds that if he had seen the meme "when I was in my bad frame of mind" it could have "literally thrown me off the edge."

Speaking to LadBible, Alex said: "Going that far back into my Twitter account and using my grandad as a meme, it's just sickening."

Asked what his message to the troll would be, he said: "Just to re-evaluate what you're actually putting up online because it does have an effect on other people.

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"You're putting it up for a laugh, trying to get on the bandwagon, when you're ruining people's lives at the end of the day. You have an effect on them."

He added: "I'm alright. If I wasn't at the stage I am today, if this happened a couple of weeks ago when I was in my bad frame of mind, it would have literally thrown me off the edge."

‘The Four Lads In Jeans’, as they are now collectively known with an Instagram account that has more than 20,000 followers, are having the last laugh.

Since the sea shanty viral hit, the group have been flooded with lucrative offers, including a McDonald's deal, and have appeared on BBC Radio One, Good Morning Great Britain with Piers Morgan and celebrities are queuing up to show their appreciation.

Last week, the lads revealed they were planning a reunion once the pandemic ends.

Jamie, 28, told Metro.co.uk: “We’ve had our fair share of stick but a reunion goes without saying.

“The first time we’re allowed out it’s happening. I’m going to wear skinny jeans, in fact I’m going to play it up.

“That picture wasn’t a one off, I wear them whenever I’m out. I go to the gym, I’m six foot four, I’ve got skinny legs.”

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