The son of former nurse-turned notorious conspiracy theorist, Kate Shemirani said he believes that his mother is now “definitely beyond help.”
Sebastian Shemirani, 21, does not share his mother’s views and, in an interview with the BBC from November 2020, he claimed that the relationship between the pair has broken down but that he still occasionally hears from his mother who tries to tell him about her baseless theories.
Kate Shemirani sparked widespread shock and condemnation after she spoke at an anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday where she compared NHS nurses and doctors distributing the Covid-19 vaccines to Nazis criminals who were executed after WWII.
Viral footage shared online saw Shermirani say: “At the Nuremberg trials, the doctors and nurses stood trial and they hung.” Her appalling remarks were greeted by cheers and applause at those who attended the protest.
Fresh from his mother’s latest controversy, Shemarani appeared on BBC Radio 4 and said he now believes that his mother should be prosecuted because it is “only a matter of time before someone acts on the bad advice that she is giving the country.”
Shemirani also conceded that his mum is “beyond help” and that she is “so arrogant in her worldview and truly believes she is a conduit for truth, on a spiritual level, she thinks that she shouldn’t have to listen to people like us.” He added that, whenever he has tried to talk to her and point out her views are wrong, it usually backfires and that it is “impossible to talk to somebody when they’ve got that level of God complex.”
Many who listened to his interview praised Shemirani for speaking out against his mother’s dangerous rhetoric and extended their sympathies to him.
Kate Shemirani, who has a large following amongst anti-vaxxers, was condemned by Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, who called her comments “reprehensible” and said that her words “could put nursing staff at risk.”
At the time of her son’s initial interview with the BBC, Shermirani responded by saying: “From what I can see, it would appear a ‘conspiracy theorist’ is actually now anyone who believes something other than what your controllers want them to believe… I find this deeply disturbing.”