UK ANTICS: RAPPER ENGLISH FRANK MAKES PUBLIC APOLOGY AFTER RACIST OUTBURST GOES VIRAL (VIDEO)

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Well it all kicked off yesterday after footage of ‘popular’ rapper English Frank (now “affectionately” known in some quarters as EDL Frank) caught the attention of the masses.

CLICK HERE to read all about the drama and view footage of outburst.

As expected some of us went straight for the jugular after watching a cocky and overly confident Frank belittle an African security guard during an event in Brixton (that Frank organised/hosted), while others made excuses for his behaviour, blamed others within the black community for Frank’s outburst, attempted to play down the incident , worked hard to take the heat off Frank’s blazing back like good obedient soldiers or simply remained uncharacteristically silent.

This dire situation has now forced Frank to post a public apology on YouTube.

In reply to Frank conveniently mentioning that his son is of mixed race origin a YouTube commentator said:

ColdkeyzMusic              1 hour ago           

Having a mixed race child doesn’t prove ur not racist, Even slave owners had mixed race kids back in the day.

Now that’s deep…..

Anyway today’s “it’s not racism it’s just banter” generation will lap this apology up. But those of us who came up in the 1980s, 1990s, and the generation before us know better.

Back in the day if an incident like this occurred there would have been no discussion, no reasoning, Frank would have been bottled off the stage and left to crawl away from his own event on his knees. Actually scrap that, back in the day he would have known better than to say such a thing at an event especially in Brixton.

It will be both interesting and comical to see who from within the UK Hip Hop/Rap community will continue to work and share the stage with Frank at the next Hip Hop Isn’t Dead event .

Your thoughts please…

28 replies »

  1. Big man ting, the guy held he’s hands up, accepted he was wrong and gave an apology. We’ve all said and made mistakes in the past, I don’t see how this is any different. I might not have grown up in the 1980’s or 1990’s but I’d rather grow up in a generation where a man can make mistakes, learn from them and move forward or else I don’t know where I would be today.

  2. reminds me of the saying The higher the monkey climb the more him expose x
    He clearly stepped out of his lane and respect to the person who mentioned slave owners had mixed kids. he should just say he has issues and he is trying to deal with them.

  3. @ChrisLlody, now I understand, your a 00s baby. Everything is so clear now! lol smdh. You gon learn in time!

  4. Instead of clapping the fool for making an apology, and to me he doesn’t really seem that sorry, he seems more like he’s made an apology so he doesn’t get run up on in the street, people need to ask him the question what made him think it was OK to say that? so what if the man is African? what does that mean? and so what if his child is mixed raced that doesn’t mean he’s not racist.

    I have to be real back in the day there was this whole West Indian, African beef and with some parents still have this prejudice but to be honest I think with the new generation is more accepting, Frank English needs to realise that it’s this new accepting generation that has accepted him to be on the stage and are defending him.

  5. I too look forward to seeing which black rappers will still continue to embrace Frank. I can’t help but notice an airy silence since all this came to light.

  6. I commend him for pushing out the apology. I commend Ty and Akala and others for addressing him and pointing this out to him too. Thing is this. A whole generation of young people have got comfortable with perpetuating post colonial hatred between people of African and Caribbean descent. Not only that a lot of white kids are getting very comfortable with referring to their black friends as niggas and no one taking issue with it. The deeper issue here is that Frank felt comfortable, drunk or not, to step into that zone and use such a term. To me it is telling that a community has allowed such passes and privilege to go unchecked within their peer groups.

    The dude is a talented performer and one blip is not going to stop others performing with him, but if anything let’s hope this wakes people up a bit about the power of language and what is allowed. Whilst we are at it some youngers need to address their own self hatred, cussing someone because they are Somalian, small island, Nigerian, etc or even worse calling a fellow black a nigga is a starting point to ensure this kind of folly does not happen again.

  7. Frank had to issue this public apology for his career’s sake. Let’s not pretend he did it for any other reason. This “blip” won’t change anything I agree. Black men in that world will still continue to buddy up with Frank no matter what.
    I have only heard about Akala and his team taking Frank to task after the incident.

  8. When you start your silly point with “big man ting” then proceed to show your age I refuse to take you seriously.

    And what do mean you don’t know where you’d be today talking like you’re fully fledged grown yet didn’t even grow UP in the 80s or 90s?

    This new roll over and tickle my belly generation are sad, it’s almost like they have a slave mentality when it comes to their white peers. Continue to smile and tap dance for them and see how far that gets you in life.

    Let them stay there, I’ll be raising my daughter and any more that come after that not to tolerate or accept this behaviour or mentality.

  9. I just can’t with these people. Excuses in abundance for a racist twat just because he can rap? Seriously. If you still support him I won’t support you. Simples.

  10. How many times do you need to be cooned out and mocked Negro before you finally get it? You will never be accepted by whites, isn’t it time to stop the bredding and to do your own thing instead of continually being made a laughingstock amongst others?

  11. @LondonDiva

    Yeah let’s all play big and mighty and behave as if we’ve never made mistakes in our past. What I mean when I say ‘I don’t know where I’ll be today’ is if I wasn’t allowed to learn and move on from past mistakes then I’d be in a very dire situation today because God’s knows I’ve made many mistakes. I’m old enough to know that. I’m by no means excusing what he said. He was out of order and what he said is racist, I just don’t believe he’s a racist. I don’t believe he’s true intentions were to racially offend. I believe he made a mistake, accepted he was wrong then made an apology.

    BTW, I’m 22 so yeah I would consider myself a ”fully fledged grown” man.

  12. @chrislloyd you’re apparently a fully fledged grown man but the idea that only racist people say racist things still escapes you.

    When people show you who they are, believe them!

  13. I’m not being sexist, yeah, but women shouldn’t vote, WHAT, how you mean I’m sexist? my mother’s a woman, my girlfriends a woman, I have women work for me, and I’ve got two sisters………………

  14. Rapper JAJA SOZE who is on the bill to appear at the Hip Hop Isn’t Dead concert on Saturday has tweeted he won’t be performing because of the incident. “it just wouldn’t be right”.

    Good!

    But I am guessing the other rappers will be there and will continue you to support, defend and play down his antics. All I can do is laugh.

  15. Someone from anti-discrimination organisation Uprise said to me on their FB page that,

    “It is very unlikely a racist would live the life English Frank has. We concentrated on the action made by the individual as there is no evidence he is racist.”

    This was part of a response to an article they had written/posted about the incident.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/uprise/having-a-cultural-license-is-a-privilege-this-is-what-happens-when-you-forget/10151445124153985?comment_id=25692577&offset=0&total_comments=4&notif_t=note_reply

  16. Melissa :

    I just can’t with these people. Excuses in abundance for a racist twat just because he can rap? Seriously. If you still support him I won’t support you. Simples.

    Co-sign!

  17. It still seems everyone has different versions of what Racist means or the definition has changed over the generations. To me English Frank seems to have only apologised for saying what he did and sorry for the offense he caused to his friends and fans. This does not deal with the fact that he has deep bigoted views about Africans and that he needs to deal with that issue before he goes back on stage.
    And he may have a mixed raced daughter, black girl friend and friends that are black British of African or Caribbean heritage but this does not mean he does not have deep racist or bigoted views of Africans, and i am talking of the Africans that were born in Africa and has been in England for less than 10 years. The Africans that are the most disrespected group and stereotyped in the uk by all races. The Africans that English Frank may not have as close friends but sure comes into contact with when he hires one as a bouncer, the ones that clean up the venues, the ones that issued him with a parking ticket, the ones he laughed about in the Eddie Murphy stand up comedy videos’……

  18. Melissa :
    @chrislloyd you’re apparently a fully fledged grown man but the idea that only racist people say racist things still escapes you.
    When people show you who they are, believe them!

    Would you consider a Black Caribbean who has ever in their life uttered similar sentiments as Frank did racist/anti-African too?

  19. What we all need to remember is that the Hip Hop Isn’t Dead event is owned by Frank. He is it’s founder so its not surprising that so many of these rappers are turning a blind eye to his racism and making excuses for it and even going as far as saying it’s all been blown out of proportion. Frank has given them a platform to perform and promote their projects. They are grateful to him because none had the foresight to organise an event like this themselves and don’t want to risk biting the racist hand that is helping them promote their music.

  20. Chris Lloyd :

    Melissa :
    @chrislloyd you’re apparently a fully fledged grown man but the idea that only racist people say racist things still escapes you.
    When people show you who they are, believe them!

    Would you consider a Black Caribbean who has ever in their life uttered similar sentiments as Frank did racist/anti-African too?

    Chris Lloyd :

    Melissa :
    @chrislloyd you’re apparently a fully fledged grown man but the idea that only racist people say racist things still escapes you.
    When people show you who they are, believe them!

    Would you consider a Black Caribbean who has ever in their life uttered similar sentiments as Frank did racist/anti-African too?

    No, because racism is about power, That person is lost and has self hate issues. These are the people who make the likes of English Frank and Kevin J comfortable with their racism to the degree they actually profit from it.

  21. Chris Lloyd :

    Power? What kind of power does English Frank have over the average Black person?

    Frank is white and a man. Regardless of him coming from Brixton and rolling with black friends all his life in the world that we live in he is still in a privileged position because of his skin colour. 10, 15 years from now or maybe even before then this will all become clear to you.

  22. @Minx

    I’m not for one second implying Frank being a White man doesn’t give him more advantages and puts him in a better than he would be were him to be a Black man, absolutely, but privileged, no. He has more privileges than a Black man in his position, but he’s by no means privileged in his own right simply because he’s a White man.

    The question I want to know is how does simply being White give one power over the Black man? What power does Frank have that he could personally use against me? The general manager where I work is Black. He earns a £50.000+ salary a year. Are you telling me the White employees who work under him that don’t earn half what he does are inherently in a better position of power? Let’s be clear here.

  23. I wonder whether he is still with the black mother of his child. It must be nice to feel superior when around black people. I bet he treats or treated that woman like second class citizen. He can talk about having a mixed race child but not sleeping with a black woman.

  24. Frank reminds me of white boys I went to school with who’d say racist things then say they ain’t racist though. what he said was racist end of. these African rappers defending him are counting on him as their meal ticket that’s it., its good he apologised tho. But just cos he acts like a Caribbean stereotype it don’t mean he ain’t racist to another group like Africans.

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