Home Secretary: Boris Johnson 'absolutely is not a racist'

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Priti Patel has defended Boris Johnson after rap artist Dave labelled the Prime Minister a “real racist” in a politically charged performance at last night’s Brit Awards.

The Album of the Year award winner performed his song Black at the ceremony at the O2 Arena in London, but added new verses at the end.

He rapped: “It is racist whether or not it feels racist/The truth is our Prime Minister's a real racist.”

But the Home Secretary told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham the accusations were “totally inaccurate".

“I appreciate Dave is well known, he’s a rapper, he’s a popular artist, but his comments about Boris Johnson, our Prime Minister, are totally, totally inaccurate.

“I’ve known our Prime Minister for a long time, I’ve worked with him for a long time and he absolutely is not a racist,” she said.

Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi applauded Dave's performance

Meanwhile, Labour MP Peter Dowd backed the British musician's claims, saying “the evidence is clear”.

The Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: “I could trawl through any number of articles … when you read some of those articles it doesn’t look like a debate to me, it looks more like him sermonising.”

WATCH: Peter Dowd says the 'evidence is clear' that the PM is 'racist'

During his performance, Dave also spoke out for the Grenfell Tower victims, commented on the media’s treatment of Meghan Markle and paid tribute to the London Bridge terror attack victims.

He was not the only artist to hit out at politicians – Male solo artist of the year winner Tyler the Creator picked up his award with a jibe at Theresa May.

He said the former Prime Minister had previously stopped him entering the country.

He said: “Thank you Theresa May.

“I know she's at home p***** off.”

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