Grime star Stormzy lashed out at British media outlets today, insisting ‘you can suck my d***’ after he accused parts of the press of ‘spinning his words’ over a recent magazine interview in which he said the UK was a racist country.
In an interview with an Italian newspaper the Heavy Is The Head rapper was asked if the UK was a racist country, and said: ‘Definitely, 100%.
‘It’s like, “oh no, we’re not racist”, but there’s a lot of racism in the country.’
ITV this morning headlined their piece on the interview: ‘Rapper Stormzy says UK is ‘100 per cent’ racist’ and received a furious four-letter response from the Glastonbury headliner.
He retweeted the story, writing simply: ‘ITV you lot can suck my d*** for this.’
He then followed up with a tweet to say: ‘All you publications and media outlets that are intentionally spinning my words for some click bait can suck my dick and please don’t try beg it in the future.’
And when gently chastised by a fan who said ‘you are better than that’ Stormzy replied: ‘Nah I’m not better than that lmao [laughing my ass off]’.
Grime star Stormzy, whose second album was released this month, lashed out at coverage and headlines of his recent interview which touched on the subject of racism
The grime artist, 26, who released his second album Heavy Is The Head earlier this month, made the comments to La Repubblica.
Asked if the UK was a racist country, he said: ‘Definitely, 100%.
‘It’s like: “Oh no, we’re not racist”. But there’s a lot of racism in the country.
‘The difficult thing with the UK is, as you said, in Italy it’s a clear problem, whereas trying to explain that Britain is a racist country is the most difficult thing ever.
‘They think: ‘No, it’s not. Stormzy you’re successful. Look at London, there’s loads of black people’.
‘It’s a more difficult case to fight.’
In the interview the star drew attention to the language Boris Johnson has employed in his newspaper columns to refer to people of colour.
Stormzy said: ‘If the top person can openly say this racist thing – the ‘piccaninnies’ remarks, ‘watermelon smiles’, comparing Muslim women to a letter box.
‘If that is our figurehead, the top man, the leader we have to follow, and he openly says these things, he encourages hate among others.’
The rapper, real name Michael Omari, said he was unsure whether he would accept an MBE or OBE if he was offered one.
While conceding his mother would be proud if her son were awarded an MBE or OBE, Stormzy said the Empire has ‘a very dark history’ which would make accepting such an honour uncomfortable.
Since shooting to international superstardom, the Brit Award-winner has made his political allegiance clear and regularly uses his platform to promote Labour and castigate the Tories.
Piers Morgan voiced his own opinion following Stormzy’s recent classroom intervention
During the election, he joined forces with a string of celebrities urging fans to support Mr Corbyn.
He also weighs in on current affairs on stage, memorably chanting ‘oh Jeremy Corbyn’ at Glastonbury and savaging Theresa May’s response to Grenfell live at the Brit Awards.
Stormzy’ summer Number 1, Vossi Bop, contains the lyric ‘f*** the government and f*** Boris’.
After the election result the rapper went into a classroom and told seven-year-olds that ‘Boris is a bad bad man’.
This sparked fury online, led by GMB presenter Piers Morgan who said: ‘He shouldn’t have done this, and shouldn’t have been allowed to do this.’
The rapper hit back, writing: ‘The kid asked me a question and I replied truthfully nothing wrong with that Piers lol.’
MailOnline has contacted Stormzy and his representatives for comment.