Notorious pranksters TrollStation have taken credit for a stage invasion on The X Factor last night (November 26).
After controversial contestant Honey G performed a cover of MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’, several members of the pranking collective stormed the stage and attempted to take her microphone from her. They were then removed by security as confused viewers watched live on ITV.
An X Factor representative told the press: “There was a stage invasion by four men, with one further person in support. All five had been in the audience. They were spoken to by police and security and have now been removed from the studio.”
TrollStation have since taken credit for the incident on their social media accounts. Watch footage of the stage invasion they shared on Twitter below.
X factor invasion pic.twitter.com/uBBNtoLGc9
— TrollStation (@TrollstationYT) November 26, 2016
TrollStation’s previous pranks include invading the pitch several times during a Tottenham Hotspur Europa League football match at White Hart Lane in 2014. They also staged a fake art heist at London’s National Portrait Gallery this summer.
On Facebook, they describe themselves as an “Online Hidden Camera Prank Show” whose aim is to “laugh with the Public”. Their popular YouTube account now has over 800,000 subscribers.
TrollStation have not explained why they targeted Honey G’s performance as opposed to any of Saturday night’s other performances.
The 35-year-old white 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 calling her act a problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently argued that her performance on the show is “modern-day blackface”.
Honey G has been accused of being an actress by a member of Little Mix and described as “taking the mickey out of rap” by Professor Green. Lily Allen has called her “offensive”, branding her act “so wrong on so many levels”.
However, Honey G has recently hit back by accusing some of her critics of anti-semitism.