Rapper holds up severed dummy head of Boris Johnson at awards – so BBC cuts HIM off

Slowthai and his dummy head of Boris Johnson: The BBC did not broadcast his political message – but in putting a lid on protest of this kind, is this Tory propaganda outlet creating the conditions for something worse?

The BBC showed us all where its political allegiances lie in a broadcast of the Mercury Prize awards ceremony.

As rapper Slowthai finished his performance, the BBC cut him off:


“His own views”? But what were they? Well, let’s have a look at what he did next:

That’s right – he held up a dummy of Boris Johnson’s severed head, then shouted: “F*** Boris Johnson! F*** everything! And there ain’t nothing great about Britain” – a reference to his album.

Coming after Laura Kuenssberg trolled the father of a seriously-ill newborn girl who challenged Mr Johnson over the Conservative government’s slow destruction of the National Health Service, this could not have been a worse time for the BBC to censor political criticism.

No doubt the Corporation would say the rapper’s outburst used language that was considered unacceptable for the national audience, and imagery that some may consider upsetting.

But of course there is a serious censorship issue here.

If propaganda outlets like the BBC continue to put a lid on unrest, then the pot will boil over – sooner, rather than later.

And then we won’t be seeing rappers waving the heads of politicians around in effigy, on stage.

We’ll be seeing footage of genuine body parts. But by then, it will be too late to placate the mob.

Source: Slowthai Holds Up Severed Dummy Head Of Boris Johnson During Mercury Prize Awards – LADbible

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7 thoughts on “Rapper holds up severed dummy head of Boris Johnson at awards – so BBC cuts HIM off

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Nobody held up a dummy severed head of Jo Cox before she was murdered. It came out of the blue. What is your point, exactly?

  1. Gary

    And yet Tories feel the exact opposite, that even SHOWING this rapper endorses his views and that the ‘severed head’ is going too far.

    The BBC are correct to say that he represents ‘his own views’ ie not that of the Corporation as they are SUPPOSED to be neutral (I know, they are far from it)

    This does come in the wake of the Jo Brand ‘battery acid’ comments though so I can understand the nervousness to show a severed head of a Tory PM and the words “f*** Boris”

    EVERYONE thinks the BBC is biased against them and the BBC uses that very thought as their defence ie if EVERYONE thinks we’re biased against THEM then we’re not biased against anyone. Not true of course. They ARE biased against UKIP/Brexit Party (except QT under Dimbleby which gave them their platform to build support) They ARE biased against the Tories in their news programming (except when it suits) and Labour bias is a strange beast. They despise Corbyn and openly say things which are a complete breach of their own code but the bias is against HIM, they are otherwise supportive of Blairites. They are biased against ANYONE from NI. I have been to NI (work) on many occasions and found that the vast majority of major stories never make it to the BBC, The Troubles never ended, they reduced somewhat but still continue. The BBC fails to report on bombings, murders and riots in regard to The Troubles on an almost weekly basis, it doesn’t suit the narrative. They are biased against the SNP and the Independence cause in Scotland. When it is discussed they will have panels that either entirely exclude the ‘Yes’ cause or have one ‘Yesser’ with three ‘No’ supporters. They have blatantly lied about interviews (Nick Robinson stating Alex Salmond refused to answer his question when, in fact, he gave a nauseatingly long answer – it’s still on YouTube)

    The BBC have a narrow set of acceptable views and are biased against ANYTHING else. In so doing they have managed, thus far, to escape being hauled over the coals for it. If you want REAL news though, it’s not the place for it…

    1. Zippi

      “The Troubles never ended” I was told as much, in February and have reiterated the fact, even in this site, I believe. John Humphreys, allegedly, has accused the B.B.C. of “institutional liberal bias.” I’d like to see the big bosses at the Corporation deny bias, now.
      I, like many people, get my news from several sources, each with a differing point of view; some “left,” some “right,” some from the business world, some religious, some random. I hope that I have not lost my childlike need to ask questions.

  2. Zippi

    In defence if the B.B.C., remember Jo Cox? Holding aloft the dummy severed head of a controversial, living person, is itself controversial and one might say, inflammatory. Whatever you think of Boris Johnson, we have to dial down the rhetoric. We can’t have it both ways. Either this sort of behaviour is acceptable, or it isn’t and should it be condoned? If Boris Johnson is fair game, then every politician is fair game. Who next? Actors, whose political opinions we don’t like? Remember the burning effigy of David Beckham? These days, people take these things seriously and to extremes. We have to be careful about what sort of action we are stirring people to take.

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