Stormzy says Britain is “definitely, 100%” racist and it has got far worse since Boris Johnson became prime minister of Britain.
The grime music star made the comments in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica where he was asked if Britain was still a racist country.
He said: “Definitely, 100%. It’s like: ‘Oh no, we’re not racist’. But there’s a lot of racism in the country.
“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 to a British person 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.”
The artist, went onto say the prime minister was a “figurehead” whose comments stoke up and encourage racism throughout the UK.
He went on to say: “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.”