Critics call Stormzy vs. Kanye West comparison ‘cowardly racism’

Critics have slammed people who have compared Stormzy and Kanye West after the British artist said he found the treatment of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn “disheartening”.

Stormzy has been a vocal critic of the Conservative Party over the years and backed Corbyn in the 2019 election against Boris Johnson.

Current Labor leader Keir Starmer suspended Corbyn in October 2020 after dismissing a regulator’s decision that he had failed to prevent anti-Semitism and instead blamed “an obstructive party bureaucracy” for delaying reform.

In an interview published earlier this week, he said British GQ that he still held Corbyn in high esteem and suggested he had been “slandered”.

“It was really discouraging. I just thought so much of him and still think so much of him and I’m like, ‘Well, if they can make him look like a pagan [a foul person] then things are worse than I thought,'” he said.

“I mean, if he’s the bad guy in the grand scheme of things, then he’s crazier than I ever thought he would be.”

Since Stormzy’s comments were made, some people on social media have tried to compare the British rapper to Kanye West, who has been embroiled in several controversies in recent months.

Ash Sakar, Associate Editor at novara media, was among those who condemned the comments, calling them “the most cowardly form of racism”.

“The most cowardly form of racism,” she tweeted. “Stormzy felt that Jeremy Corbyn was unfairly slandered – and [people are comparing him with Kanye], why? Say it with your chest!” she tweeted.

“All Stormzy has done is say, ‘I still believe in the man that millions of people in this country voted for and I think he was treated unfairly’.”

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“But now people are comparing him to Kanye West because apparently it’s okay to treat all black men as basically interchangeable,” she added.

“This isn’t about fighting racism, it’s about arming minorities against each other to discourage black and brown people from political participation.”

Others echoed Sakar’s comments, writing: “I’ll say it exactly as it is: anyone who comes for Stormzy – or has the damn audacity to compare him to Kanye West – actually only hates black people. It is really that easy.”

Another tweeted: “Comparing Stormzy to Kanye made me so angry. Racist bullies. A significant part of the Corbyn fuss was a cloak to remind blacks and browns of our stations and not go beyond. These are the same people who take care of Theresa May’s clothes.”

“How predictable how many of us knew they were going to get Stormzy because he was telling the truth and comparing him to Kanye is both lazy and racist,” said another.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/stormzy-kanye-west-jeremy-corbyn-racism-b2226270.html Critics call Stormzy vs. Kanye West comparison ‘cowardly racism’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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