London grime star Stormzy has slammed U.K. media organization ITV News for misrepresenting an interview he did with an Italian newspaper, where when asked if there was still racism in Britain, he replied “definitely, 100 per cent.”
ITV News ran the headline “Rapper Stormzy says U.K. is ‘100 per cent’ racist’” on Saturday.
Stormzy took to Twitter to denounce ITV News for “intentionally spinning my words for some click bait,” and for other Twitter users to stop telling him “to stay classy.”
“Where’s their class?” he countered in a tweet. He has since been praised for calling out racism in the U.K. and the media.
Antonello Guerrera, the author of the original interview which appeared in “il venerdi” a weekly magazine from Italian newspaper La Repubblica, also weighed in on Twitter – spelling out Stormzy’s exact response from his transcript.
“Me: Is Britain still racist today? Stormzy: Definitely, 100%” Guerrera’s tweet reads. He then provided a fuller transcript of the interview where Stormzy elaborates on his views.
ITV News issued a correction on Twitter, writing that they had updated their story with a clearer headline, but other users were quick to point out that their changes still did not convey Stormzy’s quote correctly.
“No @Stormzy said he “definitely 100%” agreed with the proposition Britain was still a racist country. Your headline is 100% false (and libellous). Change it,” one user replied.
ITV News has yet to issue an official reply to the accusations, but appears to have deleted the original tweet with the misleading headline.
The original set of tweets issued by ITV News after U.K. grime artist Stormzy slammed the organization for misrepresenting his interview with an Italian newspaper (ITVNews/Twitter)
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City of Brandon – August 7th Media Release – City of Brandon –
For the last 24 hours:
Drinking in Public Leads to Multiple Criminal Charges:
At about 11:40 AM Saturday morning, it was reported that a male subject was acting bizarrely in and around the 700 block Rosser Ave. When located in the area, the 21 year-old was drinking an alcoholic beverage so was detained under the LGCCA. He was subsequently found to be in breach of multiple conditions of two separate Probation Orders. Search incident to arrest revealed a machete in his backpack. He disclosed taking an unknown quantity of unknown pills, so was released on appropriate police imposed conditions as he was receiving medical assessment and treatment. He is to appear in Court on October 3rd, facing one count of possessing a weapon and six counts of failing to comply with a Probation Order.
Break & Enters:
An unlocked attached residential garage on Falcon Crescent was entered overnight on Friday and tools were stolen. Some of those were recovered strewn across neighbouring property.
A resident in the 300 block 27th Street reported that the detached garage had been forcibly entered overnight Thursday – Friday. The complainant was unsure if anything had been stolen but the walk-through door frame had been damaged during the incident.
Theft With Threat:
At about 3:50 PM Saturday afternoon, it was reported that a resident in the 700 block 20th Street had been robbed of a bicycle approx. 20 minutes prior, while in his back yard. Police attended and spoke with the victim who related that an unknown male came into his back yard and stole an old bicycle of no value, and brandished a knife while doing so. The suspect left without further incident. The suspect was described as Indigenous in appearance, 6’5”, skinny, wearing a blue hoodie, black bandana and hat. The knife was pulled from the front right pants’ pocket.
A 28 year-old female was encountered in the 700 block 18th Street Saturday evening, with personal effects strewn about a business vestibule. A records query revealed a warrant for arrest for failing to comply with a Probation Order. She was arrested and released on scene with a court date of October 3rd.
Just before midnight Saturday night, Brandon RCMP advised having a 51 year-old male in custody on the strength of a BPS held warrant for arrest for sexual assault. RCMP had attended to a complaint in Glenboro and encountered the accused. He is held in custody and will appear before the court later today.
Motor Vehicle Collision With Injuries:
At 11:15 PM Saturday night, 911 reported a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Russell Street and Madison Crescent. Two occupants were stuck in a vehicle that had rolled over onto its’ side. The investigation revealed that the driver of the rolled vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign. That driver was transported to BRHC by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. The second driver was uninjured.
Several people were detained from separate incidents, for their own safety or to prevent a breach of the peace, due to their level of intoxication. They will be held in custody until sober enough to care for themselves.
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A/Staff Sergeant Dallas Lockhart, #101
Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
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