The rapper Slowthai has insisted he does not condone violence in any kind after pulling out a faux severed head of Boris Johnson throughout his efficiency on the Mercury Prize.
In a considerably flippant assertion defending the stunt, the 24-year-old quipped: “No Boris Johnsons have been damage within the making of this Slowthai efficiency.”
Slowthai – whose actual identify is Tyron Kaymone Frampton – claimed his act “was a metaphor for what this authorities is doing to our nation, besides what I did was current it in plain sight”.
After stripping to the waist during an energetic rendition of his observe Doorman, the rapper had grabbed the faux head from the ground and held it aloft, shouting: “F*** Boris Johnson. F*** all the things.”
Though there have been enormous cheers as he left the stage, awards host Lauren Laverne rapidly addressed the incident, saying: “Slowthai, together with his personal views there.”
In a Twitter assertion on Friday, the rapper wrote: “[On Thursday] night time I held up a mirror to this nation and a few folks did not just like the reflection.
“The individuals who isolate and divide us aren’t those who will really feel its results the toughest.
“They are not those queuing at meals banks, not those navigating Common Credit score and never those having to take care of systematic oppression and hate crime by the hands of privileged politicians who say what they need with out worry and consequence.
“We as a individuals are not being taken care of and our greatest pursuits aren’t being served by these in authorities – that is their job they usually’re not doing it nicely sufficient.”