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Rapper slowthai has hit back at critics of his severed head stunt at Thursdays Hyundai Mercury Prize performance, saying it was a metaphor for what the government is doing to the people.

The BBC had to cut short the end of slowthais – real name Tyron Frampton – performance after he held an effigy of Boris Johnsons head in the air and shouted F**k Boris.

He defended his political statement, telling his followers: Last night I held a mirror up to this country and some people dont like the reflection.



Yet this is exactly where were being taken, cut off and at all costs. The people in power who are trying to isolate and divide us arent the ones who will feel its effects the hardest.

Theyre not the ones navigating Universal Credit and not the ones having to deal with systematic oppression and hate crimes at the hands of privileged politicians who say what they want without fear and consequence.

He added that the people were being failed by those who are supposed to look out for their best interests as the politicians in power arent working for the greater good.

slowthai shocked viewers as he paraded the severed head around on stage (Picture: Rex Features)
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slowthai hit back at critics of his political statement (Picture: Twitter)

We as a people are not being looked after and our best interests are not being served by those in government – this is their job and theyre not doing it well enough.

This “act” was a metaphor for what this government is doing to our country, except what I did was present it in plain sight.

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He caveated the stunt: No Boris Johnsons were hurt in the making of this slowthai performance. I dont condone violence in any form.

The 24-year-old musician has also released his own range of F**k Boris merch on his site following on Read More – Source