- 13 Feb 20
slowthai made lewd comments to comedian and co-host Katherine Ryan at the NME awards last night, prompting social media outrage. He was also escorted out of the ceremony after an altercation with the crowd.
slowthai has now issued an apology for his behaviour at the NME Awards last night, in which he made lewd comments to co-host and comedian Katherine Ryan while accepting a 'Hero of the Year' award. He was escorted from the stage after an altercation with a crowd member following the incident with Ryan.
Taking to Twitter, slowthai asked NME to forward his award to Ryan and apologised for his 'shameful actions'. He wrote: "what started as a joke between us escalated to a point of shameful actions on my part. i want to unreservedly apologise, there is no excuse and I am sorry."
He later added that Ryan is a master of her craft and apologised to anyone else who was offended by his statements.
(2/2) katherine, you are a master at your craft and next time i’ll take my seat and leave the comedy to you. to any woman or man who saw a reflection of situations they’ve been in in those videos, i am sorry. i promise to do better. let’s talk here.
— MARMITE (@slowthai) February 13, 2020
Ryan replied to the Tweet, congratulating him on the award and assuring that she knew he was joking.
I knew you were joking and congratulations on your very award-worthy album! I hope you know that a bad day on social media passes so quickly. Everything will be better tomorrow. Xx
— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) February 13, 2020
NME also chimed in, saying they'll take him up on the offer to forward his award. The 'Hero of the Year' award is not listed on NME's winner list at the time of publication.
— NME (@NME) February 13, 2020
The rapper also stirred up controversy in September when he held up an effigy of Boris Johnson's severed head during his performance at the Mercury Prize Awards.