Slowthai, a British rapper, has apologized after people misinterpret an anti-fascist T shirt emblazoned by a swastika as well as the word “destroy,” he was wearing.
After wearing the clothing item at the Osheaga music festival, Montreal, Canada, Tyron Frampton, the musician was subject to online criticism.
Slowthai, 27 years old, released a statement on Twitter acknowledging that the message he wanted to convey with the Nazi symbol was misunderstood.
“I’m sorry to anyone who is offended by me wearing an anti-fascist/anti-regime T-shirt and the use of the symbol it represents,” he said. “I want to let you know that I strongly oppose antisemitism, fascism, and any other form of violence. The T-shirt was intended to show this with the word destroy’ above it.
Neil Orlowsky shared images of Slowthai on the stage and wrote: “At which point does his manager or festival organisers or stage managers step into and say that this symbol of hatred has no place at festival, in Quebec or Canada?”
Slowthai apologized after festival officials released a statement saying that Slowthai had worn a controversial T-shirt with a swastika on it. The T-shirt condemns the regime.
“We deeply apologise for anyone who misinterpreted this message or felt hurt.
One Twitter user replied: “Absolutely terrible response. That shirt should not have been worn on stage. Everybody knows what a “swastika” is in a post-World War II world. This should make everyone ashamed.”
Some users however pointed out that rock stars have worn similar T-shirts in the past.
Slowthai isn’t the first to cause controversy.
He apologized to Katherine Ryan, comedian and host, for his “shameful acts” at the NME Awards in 2020. He was accused of making “lewd remarks” and then threw his beer into the crowd.
Sky News reached out to representatives from slowthai for comments.