Matt Colwell (his real name) said there is a fine line between patriotism and racism.
I'd never heard of 360 before today. Apparently he's made a mark on the entertainment world down under.
That, of course, is the point.
It's akin to Miley Cyrus twerking.
Saying and doing that which is outrageous translates into media attention that translates into name recognition that translates into sales.
We invite Colwell to Ferguson, MO for an outdoor concert.
There he can find and fight real racism 'til his heart's content.
There he will also learn the fine line between being a wit and being a twit.
Outspoken rapper 360 has labelled the Australian flag a symbol of racism in an appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program last night.
Fielding a question from an audience member about the overseas perception of Australians as racist, the rapper – real name Matt Colwell – took aim at the “dickheads” that use the Australian flag as a tool of oppression. “I identify that with racism, does anyone else?” he asked the audience.
His comments recalled the controversial Australian flag “ban” at the Big Day Out in 2007, after claims it was being used as a form of provocative nationalism in the wake of the Cronulla riots. “On Australia Day you see a bunch of dudes walking around with their tops off,” 360 continued. “They’re getting on the drink, they’ve got an Australian flag wrapped around their neck. I’ve seen it so many times. They just started yelling at taxi drivers, ‘Get out of our country, this is not your country’. And they’re wearing Australian flags. I’ve seen it so much growing up and still today. It’s pathetic.”
Asked by host Tony Jones whether he had racist fans at his gigs, Colwell said he “definitely” has. “In hip-hop there’s a lot of racist people … I don’t want those people at my shows. I don’t want anything to do with them.” Watch below.
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Photo credit: Sydney Morning Herald / ABC
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