Slowthai sorry for the confusion over the anti-fascist shirt that has the Nazi swastika on it

Slowthai has apologized for wearing an anti-fascist t-shirt that features the word “destroy” over a Nazi swastika.

The rapper defended his choice to wear the jersey, but admitted it caused confusion among fans at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival over the weekend.

“I am sorry to anyone who is offended by my wearing an anti-fascist/anti-regime t-shirt and the use of the symbol it represents. I want you to know that I stand firmly against anti-Semitism and fascism of any kind, something the t-shirt was meant to illustrate with the word ‘destroy’ above the symbol,” Slowthai wrote online.

Osheaga added: “A performer appeared on stage [on] Saturday wearing a controversial t-shirt displaying a swastika that caused confusion. The t-shirt denounces the regime. We sincerely apologize to anyone who misinterpreted this message and felt hurt. »

Some users on social media were offended by the t-shirt. “Today at the @osheaga music festival, @slowthai is performing wearing a #swastika t-shirt. At what point do his manager, festival organizers or stage managers step in and say that this symbol of hate has no place at the festival,” one wrote.

“Unbelievable that @osheaga seems to think Tyron Frampton (aka @slowthai) can wear a Nazi swastika t-shirt on his show. Under this symbol, millions of Jews were persecuted, shot, burned alive, raped, gassed, tortured, eliminated, exterminated,” writes another.

Elsewhere, someone has come to Slowthai’s defense by pointing out that British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has a series of anti-fascist designs, including the one worn by Slowthai, “that are anything but new”.

The person linked to photos of Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones both wearing a shirt similar to that worn by Slowthai.

Meanwhile, Fontaines DC spoke about working with Slowthai, praising his “incendiary quality”.

Talk to NME in April for a big read, the band were asked about their collaboration with the Northampton rapper after a video of Fontaines DC was released in the studio with Slowthai and his producer, Kwes Darko, in February.

Although they did not discuss details of possible future collaborations, the group said a recording session with the rapper taught them how to deliberately make music like samples – a technique they would be ready to experiment in the future.

They also discussed their thoughts on Slowthai, saying he had “an incendiary quality” about him.

“It’s so refreshing to work with someone who has an incredibly open mind,” said the band’s vocalist, Grian Chatten. “His charisma reminds me of something I’ve read about Mick Jagger before, where those around him could identify his distinctive voice in an instant. That’s what Slowthai is becoming.

Elizabeth J. Harless