British rapper slowthai caused anger at the Mercury Prize ceremony last night by holding up an image of the severed head of Boris Johnson.
The award-winning artist, who has an & # 39; F *** Boris & # 39; T-shirt wearing adorned with nonsensical images of the prime minister, held the provocative mask on stage at the Eventim Apollo in London.
After behaving like a drug during an energetic act, he shouted: & # 39; F *** Boris Johnson. F *** everything & # 39 ;.
Slowthai was nominated for his album Nothing Great About Britain, which takes a critical look at life in modern UK, and was one of the favorites for the Mercury Prize, but missed London rapper Dave.
British rapper slowthai aroused anger at the Mercury Prize ceremony by holding up an image of the severed head of Boris Johnson
The BBC's live feed cut away from the rapper while holding up the image, but the audience responded with a huge applause when slowthai (who plays his stage name with a lowercase letter S) left the stage.
But there was anger online with one viewer who said: "Someone is likely to be killed by this movement."
& # 39; This is really stupid, embarrassing and dangerous, & # 39; they said.
Another Twitter user said: I don't know what cause he thinks this helps, but the answer is none. Terrible. & # 39;
& # 39; Imagine what the reaction would be if Johnson would come on stage for his next speech with a severed head with the face of Slowthai on it, & # 39; another asked.
A similar theme caught on to another: & # 39; You can guess what the left would say if it was Jeremy Corbyn's head he waved over. & # 39;
There was anger online at the Boris Johnson stunt with a viewer who said: & # 39; someone is likely to be killed by this movement & # 39;
Some Twitter users reacted furiously to the slowthai stunt at the Mercury Prize last night
Further comments called the stunt & # 39; edgy and tasteless & # 39; and told the rapper to grow up & # 39; & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Only heard from Slowthai, because the only way he can be noticed is to hold a headless head of the prime minister. Pathetic, & another said.
Another wrote: & # 39; That and spitting on stage before he even started his song is, in my opinion, all rather unnecessary. & # 39;
Award host Lauren Laverne addressed the stunt without comment and said: & # 39; slowthai, with his own views there. & # 39;
Slowthai was one of the 12 artists on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize, which was won by London rapper Dave.
After the show, slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, went to Twitter for a £ 25 & # 39; F *** Boris & # 39; T-shirt to promote along with another immoral image of the prime minister.
Slowthai has previously targeted Theresa May in his texts and encouraged his followers to target her with the social media hashtag #brexitbandit.
Slowthai (pictured during the London ceremony last night) was nominated for his album Nothing Great About Britain, which takes a critical look at life in the modern UK
Among the jury members was Stormzy, who raised his own profile by criticizing Mrs. May during his performance at the Brit Awards in 2018.
Stormzy also urged the crowd to sing with him this summer in an & # 39; F *** Boris & # 39; at Glastonbury.
Johnson laughed at it by joking that the rapper was actually & # 39; Back Boris & # 39; had said, but was let down by the acoustics.
Slowthai said last month that his outspoken attitude was inspired by the Britpop pioneers Oasis from the 90s.
He would support Liam Gallagher during a UK tour, but withdrew last month.
& # 39; Growing up, people always chose between Blur or Oasis, & # 39; explained the 24-year-old during a performance at the Brilliant Sound Experience.
& # 39; But for me it was both. Growing up and in pubs and on the estate with all the boys, I found this similar to Liam (Gallagher) as he was.
& # 39; As I was brought up. They inspire me not to give a f *** about who they are, and I think that was the most important thing to grow up. & # 39;
Raised by a single mother of four on an estate in Northampton, he went through a huge rise after his extensive plays I WISH I KNEW in 2017 and RUNT, released the following year.
Nothing Great About Britain is his debut studio album.
The Slowthai stunt is reminiscent of the infamous photo of the American comedian Kathy Griffin with an image of the bloody head of Donald Trump in 2017 (photo)
Describing his upbringing last month, he said: & # 39; I grew up in town halls. Whether it was my view of life at one point, ***, Northampton has many wonderful people.
& # 39; There are great people everywhere, but nobody can do anything about it because you get nothing on a silver platter. & # 39;
This year he led another & # 39; f *** Boris & # 39; at Glastonbury. singing and getting rid of his underpants.
The stunt is reminiscent of the infamous photo of American comedian Kathy Griffin with an image of the bloody head of Donald Trump, who made her a Hollywood pariah when it was published in 2017.
She endorsed it with a reference to & # 39; blood coming from everywhere & # 39; – a piece about Trump's controversial remarks about TV host Megyn Kelly.
Griffin initially apologized for the stunt, but later withdrew that statement and now stands by the photo and maintains that it was legitimate freedom of expression.
The two-time winner of Emmy claimed that she had been investigated by the federal authorities as to whether she was a credible threat.
Griffin was dropped from CNN & # 39; s New Year & # 39; s Eve show and co-host Anderson Cooper said the photo & # 39; clearly disgusted and completely inappropriate & # 39; used to be.
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