Corbyn caught out as phone prankster pretends to be Stormzy
The Labour leader was asked to collaborate with the top grime and hip hop artist.
Labour has described as “unfortunate” a prank phone call by a comedian posing as grime artist Stormzy.
Heydon Prowse managed to get through to the Labour leader and speak on the phone for a around a minute.
The prankster suggested Corbyn could be involved in a reworking of Stormzy’s hit track ‘shut up’. The new version would be aimed at Owen Smith, Tony Blair and recent polls, Corbyn was told.
The Labour leader replied nervously: “Ok… what would it take to make this video?”
Last year, Stormzy described the Labour leader as "my guy" and told The Guardian: "I dig what he says. I saw some sick picture of him from back in the day when he was campaigning about anti-apartheid and I thought: yeah, I like your energy."
In the joke call by Prowse, who works with advertising agency Don’t Panic, the fake Stormzy suggests: “Maybe if you had like an MC name that would help."
But Corbyn mishears him and replies: “Yeah… what would an MC day do? Where you take questions and things?”
The conversation ends with an aide rushing the Labour leader off the phone, saying he has to “go into a meeting”.
Prowse has previously tricked politicians including Tim Farron and Michael Gove. The comedian uploaded his latest encounter to YouTube but the film was removed shortly afterwards.
A spokesperson for the Labour leader said this afternoon: “Jeremy realised this was a wind-up and ended the call.
“Jeremy is grateful for Stormzy’s support and for the way he has spoken out on mental health, racism, poverty and homelessness. It’s unfortunate that Stormzy has been impersonated in this way.”
Picture by: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images.