Professor Green has criticised controversial X Factor finalist Honey G.
The 35-year-old rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series, with some deeming her act as a problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently branded her performance on the show “modern-day blackface”.
Appearing on spin-off show The Xtra Factor, Green said of Honey G: “I don’t feel she should be in the competition. I feel like she’s taking the right mickey out of rap and I feel like it’s a bit of an injustice.”
He added: “It’s an entertainment show but music is at the core of it, come on.”
Responding to suggestions she is “mocking” black culture with her performances, Honey G previously told The Mirror: “This was probably one of the most ridiculous things I have seen so far. Any allegations of me being racist are completely false. All that stuff to do with me attacking black culture is utterly ridiculous.”
“I’ve never said anything racist or behaved in that way. Just because I’m pushing music from a black origin doesn’t mean I’m attacking black culture,” she continued. “I think people are discriminating against me. They are using the race card against me.”
“I feel like they are discriminating against me because I am white,” Honey G added. “It makes me question whether they have a problem with someone rapping who is white. I’m not the only white person in the world who likes black music. There’s no evidence, proof or truth that I am a racist.”
The controversial reality TV contestant has seen herself accused of being an actress by a member of Little Mix, while also receiving an offer of a duet from Snoop Dogg.