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It's not fair

Simon Cowell has made the preposterous claim that those who are taking part in the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine into the Christmas number one slot are part of a hate mob bullying poor young X Factor winner Joe McElderry, who only has the weight of extremely wealthy management and record company behind him. The sub-text obviously being ‘what an outrage it would be if my man didn’t make it to number one; it’s what I plan for every year (but let’s stoke it up anyway, as it might mean more people get out there and buy his single).’

‘All these musical snobs have ganged up against Joe,’ he claimed. ‘If you take me out of the equation, you have a teenager with his first single being attacked by a huge hate mob on Facebook.

‘It almost feels like a little kid being bullied. It feels like a spiteful campaign aimed at an 18-year-old who won a talent competition. It's David versus Goliath (yes it is, but not in the way you imagine it to be - Ed) and it's not fair on Joe. It's getting out of hand.’

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