Stormzy is calling out the British Prime Minster.
Grime and hip-hop artist Stormzy used his performance at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards to call out Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Brit closed the awards ceremony with his smash hit “Blinded By Your Grace” and proceeded to launch into a rap calling out parliament and their lack of help when it comes to tragedy, specifically in the case of the Grenfell fire that saw 71 casualties and left many homeless last year.
“Yo, Theresa May where’s that money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
Steven Swinford, Political Editor of The Telegraph, tweeted in response to the allegations.
BREAKING Theresa May has rejected criticism from @Stormzy1 over Grenfell at the Brit awards, says Govt has committed £58m. No 10: ‘The public inquiry was set up by the PMto establish what went so tragically wrong and why people weren’t listened to for so many years’
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) February 22, 2018
The 28 million pounds that was allotted for Grenfell was meant for regeneration of the building, mental health services for victims as well as for a new community space and refurbishment of the Lancaster West estate in west London. However, it seems as though the money that was raised is only just now reaching the survivors of the tragedy almost a full year later.
BBC News reports of his post show comments.
“I didn’t want to just come here as an artist like ‘It’s the stormzy show’ [and] clean up at the Brits – it’s all about me. This is bigger than me [and] if I can use my voice to say something that’s bigger than me. I don’t want this to be about me. It’s not about me – it’s about Grenfell and it’s about all the things I said in that lyric. This is bigger than me.”
Even after winning Best British Male and Best British Album for his debut Gang Signs and Prayer, Stormzy used his platform to speak on behalf of the British people and make a plea for the government to hear their calls. It’s important for artists to understand the power that they wield and to use their fame towards seeing the change that’s necessary in this world.