Michael Omari, better known by his stage name Stormzy, has publically slammed NME for using him as a ‘’poster boy’’ for depression on their latest magazine cover.
Stormzy vented his frustration on microblogging site Twitter :
“You lot know I don’t rant or open my mouth up for no reason but serious NME magazine are the biggest bunch of sly, foul PAIGONS [sic]… They’ve used me on their cover without my permission. Depression is a very very sensitive issue”.
The talented UK star went on to state depression ‘’isn't the easiest thing to speak about’’ and thought speaking about it ‘’was the right thing to do at first’’.
Stormzy has been branded inspirational and brave after choosing to explore his depression through Channel 4 to reach out to others dealing with such issues.
Psychiatrist Kamran Ahmad said: ‘’the most encouraging aspect of Stormzy’s comments is the effect they could have on black men, and whether they choose to seek help for mental illness. Mental health services have troubling history of provision for black people; undertreated in the community, over-represented on psychiatric wards, more likely to access services through coercive pathways and less likely to access help themselves.’’
However, Stormzy did not appreciate NME’s unapproved use of his thoughts and image, concluding his comments with ‘’ I will never respect you lot’’
and the exclamatory declaration ‘’ I've no issue with sharing my story but, with my permission!’’
What are your thoughts on Stormzy’s response to NME?