British rapper Stormzy is taking aim at William Shakespeare, claiming that the iconic playwright is a “bad influence” on children.
The comments came after North London headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh claimed that Stormzy’s music is “promoting black self-hatred.” He was triggered by her remarks, and launched into a tirade against Shakespeare as a result.
He said: “You say, ‘Let’s learn about Shakespeare’ but Shakespeare has stories of bloodbath and murder. I always say, ‘I am as positive as Shakespeare, I’m as negative as Shakespeare’”
Stormzy went through Shakespeare plays to talk about their graphic themes, suggesting that they may be inappropriate for children to read.
He continued: “Romeo And Juliet, bruv, they poisoned . . . I don’t know what criminal act that falls under but that’s not righteous, like poisoning and rivalries, houses . . .”
“I might not want my kid to know about Macbeth and all the bloodbaths and the darkness of it,” Stormzy added.
Earlier this month, Stormzy topped the UK charts with his record “Heavy Is The Head” and his song “Own It,” starting the new decade on top:
Stormzy continues to dominate the UK charts – as he has simultaneously achieved the number one spot on both the official singles and album chart for this week.
The rapper’s second studio album Heavy Is The Head has hit the top spot on the album chart, after previously peaking at number two upon its release last month, while his single Own It, a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, holds on for a second week at the top of the singles chart, after it had previously become the first number one single of both 2020 and the new decade.
Heavy Is The Head is Stormzy’s second number one album, after his debut record, Gang Signs And Prayers, also hit the top spot upon its release in 2017.
Stormzy previously revealed that he was ‘grateful’ to his fans and collaborators for achieving his third UK number one single with Own It, after his songs Vossi Bop and Take Me Back To London (also featuring Ed Sheeran) both topped the charts last year.
‘When we shoot, we score! Big up Ed and Burna Boy,’ he exclaimed in a video interview with OfficialCharts.com.
‘Honestly, I’m so grateful. Anyone who listens to me, supports, buys my music, streams my music or comes to my shows, you lot have changed my life. Words aren’t enough, but thank you.’