Yesterday, social media users were quick to liken the Jamiroquai frontman to a man later identified as Jake Angeli, a pro-Trump conspiracist who had previously been spotted in costume at right-wing rallies in America.
The comparison stems from the horny headwear donned by Kay early in Jamiroquai's career, in addition to the "Buffalo Man" logo that first appeared on the cover of the band's 1993 debut Emergency on Planet Earth.
Kay has previously acknowledged that the figure and the band's name — a portmanteau of the words "jam" and Iroquois — were inspired by Native American and First Nations peoples.
On Twitter today, Kay wrote, "Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that's my crowd. Stay safe everyone."
An accompanying video finds him explaining, in an exaggerated twang, "Now some of you may be thinking you saw me in Washington last night but I'm afraid I wasn't with all those freaks."
Jamiroquai's most recent studio album remains 2017's Automaton.
Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that's my crowd. Stay safe everyone, J xxx pic.twitter.com/8Fuime28cc— Jamiroquai (@JamiroquaiHQ) January 7, 2021
How did Jamiroquai get wrapped up in this mess pic.twitter.com/j8cS6Ktgzk— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) January 6, 2021
Damn Jamiroquai fell off pic.twitter.com/BTm0gY4NvI— 𝓰𝓰 𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓷 𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓸𝓷 (@extinctdaemon) January 7, 2021
Very very disappointed in Jamiroquai pic.twitter.com/4VLVPExuYx— Tim Callanan (@MrTimCallanan) January 6, 2021