Fury as rapper slowthai holds up Boris Johnson’s SEVERED HEAD and shouts ‘f***’ the PM’ in sick stunt during Mercury Music Prize performance
British rapper slowthai sparked fury at the Mercury Prize ceremony by holding up an effigy of Boris Johnson’s severed head.
The award-nominated artist held up the provocative mask as he took to the stage and addressed the crowd at the Eventim Apollo in London.
After stripping to the waist during an energetic act he shouted: ‘F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything’.
Slowthai was nominated for his album Nothing Great About Britain, which casts a critical eye over life in the modern UK.
British rapper slowthai sparked anger at the Mercury Prize ceremony by holding up an effigy of Boris Johnson ‘s severed head
The audience responded with rapturous applause as slowthai (who spells his stage name with a lower-case S) left the stage.
But there was anger online with one viewer saying ‘someone’s probably going to end up getting killed because of this move’.
‘This is really dumb, embarrassing and dangerous,’ they said.
Another Twitter user said: ‘I don’t know which cause he thinks this is helping, but the answer is none. Horrible.’
‘Imagine what the reaction would be if Johnson got on a podium for his next speech with a severed head with slowthai’s face on it,’ another asked.
Awards host Lauren Laverne addressed the stunt without comment, saying: ‘slowthai, with his own views there.’
Slowthai was one of 12 artists shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, which was won by London rapper Dave.
After the performance, slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, took to Twitter to promote a ‘F*** Boris’ T-shirt along with a lewd picture of the Prime Minister and an outline of the UK.
Among the judges was Stormzy, who raised his own profile by criticising then prime minister Theresa May during his performance at the Brit Awards in 2018.