English rapper Stormzy has said the United Kingdom is 100 percent racist, and since Boris Johnson became the prime minister the situation have worsened.
The 26-year-old rappers, who released his second album “Heavy is the Head” earlier this month had made the comments while giving an interview to a Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
The interviewer asked him whether the UK was still a racist country, he replied,
“Definitely, 100 per cent. It’s like: ‘Oh no, we’re not racist’. But there’s a lot of racism in the country.”
The interview continued,
“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,” he added.
Stormzy, who backed Labour in the last election, said Johnson was a “figurehead” whose comments encouraged “hate among others” in the UK.
PM Johnson has been criticized for using racially charged or offensive language, including portraying the Queen being embraced in Commonwealth countries by “flag-waving piccaninnies” and then-Prime Minister Tony Blair being greeted by “tribal warriors” with “watermelon smiles” while on a trip to Congo.
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.”
“It’s got a very dark history. You know, Britain colonized everywhere. It’s something I’d look into and decide in case of.”
Stormzy has been a vocal critic of Johnson.