Rapper slowthai had to explain the meaning of a controversial T-shirt he wore during his performance at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal last weekend.
The 27-year-old Briton took the stage on Saturday in a shirt bearing the word ‘DESTROY’ with a swastika underneath.
“I’m sorry to anyone who is offended by wearing an anti-fascist/anti-regime T-shirt and using the symbol it represents,” he tweeted. “I want you to know that I am firmly against anti-Semitism and fascism of any kind.”
Osheaga organizers also took to social media on Monday to address the issue, causing a lot of confusion among festival-goers.
“We sincerely apologize to anyone who misinterpreted this message and felt hurt,” they said.
The T-shirt is a version of a design by renowned English designer Vivienne Westwood in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren in the mid-1970s.
The original creation features a pink Nazi swastika in a red circle, an inverted image of Jesus on the cross, and a postage stamp image of Queen Elizabeth under the word DESTROY.
Often regarded as one of Westwood’s most controversial designs, it was worn by Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and British singer-songwriter Johnny Rotten.