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LGBT Conservatives tried to shame Stormzy for his past use of homophobic slurs, but it majorly backfired

Emma Powys Maurice December 12, 2019
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Stormzy at V Festival at Hylands Park in 2016 (Samir Hussein/Redferns/Getty)

Rapper and Labour supporter Stormzy hit back at the LGBT Conservatives’ attempt to resurface his previous use of homophobic slurs by pointing out Boris Johnson’s own unapologetic use of anti-gay rhetoric.

New voter registration spiked by an incredible 236 per cent the day after the grime artist officially endorsed the Labour Party. The vast majority of these registrations were people under the age of 25, a demographic that typically vote Labour.

Likely fearing the ‘Youthquake‘ of young voters heading to the polling stations, the LGBT+ arm of the Conservative Party attempted to discredit Stormzy by highlighting his anti-gay tweets from 2011, which he has profusely apologised for.

“Stormzy?” they asked, alongside the facepalm emoji and screenshots of Stormzy’s homophobic slurs.

The tweets were originally brought to light two years ago. The day after they resurfaced, Stormzy quickly issued an extensive and unreserved apology for his use of homophobic language.

He was widely praised for the “mature” and “sincere” apology, which acknowledged the hurt his words caused to the LGBT+ community and reassured fans that he had “unlearned” these views as he’d “grown up and become a man”.

In contrast, Conservative leader Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to apologise for referring to gay men as “tank-topped bum boys” and same-sex marriage as a union between “three men and a dog”.

Ahead of the election Johnson was again asked by PinkNews if he would apologise – the third time in total he has been asked to do so. Johnson declined, instead repeating: “I’ve written many millions of words in my time as a journalist, and I’ve never intended to cause hurt or pain to anybody.”

Stormzy was quick to point this out to LGBT Conservatives in a tweet that echoed their own. Oops.

Twitter users were clearly loving the drama, noting that the comparison wasn’t exactly favourable to the Conservatives.

Enough said.

More: Boris Johnson, conservatives, general election, Labour, lgbt conservatives, stormzy, tank topped bum boys

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