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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Rapper Plan B has admitted making “a mistake” after posing in a T-shirt featuring the name Skrewdriver, a far-right, white-power band.
The star was photographed in the shirt he had made himself using an image from a book.
Plan B - whose real name is Ben Drew - said he was “ignorant” about the band’s history as a neo-nazi skinhead group.
The name was scrawled on a wall in the background of a picture which photographer Gavin Watson took of his brother Neville and was published in his book Skins And Punks.
Plan B wore the shirt in a photoshoot to accompany an interview for free magazine Shortlist.
Drew said: “I was ignorant to the existence of the band Skrewdriver. I don’t listen to music like that so I wouldn’t know the names of bands that make that music.”
He went on: “The minute I found out what the words on the T-shirt meant I was angry with myself for not questioning them.
“The T-shirt is not official nor is it on sale anywhere. It was of my own doing and therefore it is my mistake, but that is all it is.”
Drew said he liked Watson’s photos because they depicted “demonised youth of the past”.
He added: “Just like my generation of young people are demonised in the media to all be hoodie-wearing thugs and chavs so were the skinheads in the 80s. Not all of them were racist but because some of them were, the rest were all tarred with the same brush.”