One of Malta’s top footballers has called out one of the island’s top tenors in a public tweet today following one of the most concerning weeks in Maltese politics this island has ever seen.
“Do you still think all of this is hullabaloo?” Andre Schembri asked Joseph Calleja Saturday afternoon.
Both Schembri and Calleja are international Maltese celebrities and are often seen to represent the country at its best around the world. Joseph Calleja goes one step further and is an official Cultural Ambassador for Malta.
Schembri has since pinned his Tweet to the top of his feed.
His Tweet comes after a week of reckoning for Malta’s political class, with two top officials resigning, one minister suspending himself, and repeated protests happening both in the day and at night calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Calleja himself had come under attack by a group of protestors even when he sang at a London event organised by Henley & Partners, chief operators of Malta’s controversial passport-for-cash scheme.
After protestors called him out, he had approached them and addressed them directly.
“Even though I strongly disagreed with many of Daphne’s writings, the fact is that she is dead,” Calleja had said.
“I am not here to endorse Henley & Partners but to fulfil a commitment that was made years ago before all this hullabaloo. I am a professional and this is what I do. I am here to sing. I am not scared of this protest because I have done nothing wrong, although of course, you are free to disagree with me. I am here as a professional and as a cultural ambassador and I wear my ring on my finger. I could have gone into the Hall straight away but I came here to speak to you first.”