Stormzy Says Jeremy Corbyn Was “Vilified” | News

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Stormzy has discussed his ongoing support for Jeremy Corbyn in a new interview.

The UK rap figure sat down with Gary Younge for GQ, discussing his new album, embracing adulthood, and the state of the country right now.

Stormzy was an outspoken supporter of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, writing in an Instagram post back in 2019:

“In my 26 years of life I have never trusted politicians or relied on them to be the bearers of hope and righteous people that we’ve needed them to be. And for me, he is the first man in a position of power who is committed to giving the power back to the people and helping those who need a helping hand from the government the most.”

At the time, the push from UK underground music behind Labour was labelled Grime4Corbyn. As the Guardian reported in 2019, many of these artists became disenchanted and stepped back from public support.

Stormzy, however, remained strong. In the new in-depth interview, he says Corbyn was “vilified” by the media, and reveals the depth of his continuing trust in the politician.

Looking back on the Tory landslide in 2019, he commented: “It’s like when you encourage children to make the right decision and they make the wrong one even after you’ve explained everything. And you think, A’ight, that’s your decision… you try have your cake and eat it then.

The rapper added: “Even the way things have panned out… I’m not gonna say I told you so, but…”

Continuing, Stormzy said this period was “disheartening” while insisting that Corbyn’s intentions were “100 per cent for good…”

He explains: “It was really disheartening. I just thought so highly of him and I still think so highly of him and I think, Well if they can make him out to be a pagan then things are worse than I thought. I mean if he’s the villain in the grand scheme of things, then shit’s madder than I ever thought because whatever your politics or your policies, that’s one thing.”

“But in terms of his intentions they were 100 per cent for good. I mean, if we’re talking about superheroes against evil villains, I know he was for good. And the way people spun it, I just thought, Wow, this is scary.”

Find the full interview online at GQ.

Stormzy’s new album ‘This Is What I Mean’ will be released on November 25th.

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