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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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