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.’
Stormzy’s popularity cannot be denied, but it may be more evidence that civilization is sinking into idiocracy.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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