There are fashion faux pas - socks and sandals, clashing colours, ill-fitting jeans - and there are big, glaring errors. The second one is what Plan B has apologised for, specifically wearing a customised t-shirt with the name of a neo-Nazi band on the front.
In last week’s interview with Shorlist, as well as being very grumpy and mouthy, the iLL Manors singer and rapper appeared on the cover wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a photo of a man in front of some graffiti saying ”Skrewdriver”. Skrewdriver were a far-right neo-Nazi band with strong ties to the National Front and we're guessing they made pretty terrible music.
But Plan B didn’t know who the band was when he wore the top. A bit like people who wear t-shirts saying “The Ramones” even though they couldn’t name you one song by the band. But this is a bit worse, what with the neo-Nazi thing. The Brit award winner has apologised via a statement to indie site The Quietus.
T-shirt was home-made. Crafty!
He 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 added: “I was wearing a t-shirt I created using a photograph from the photographer Gavin Watson’s book Skins.
“I asked him if I could print shots from his book on to t-shirts. I made a number of these t-shirts. Gavin’s photos are relevant to me because the represent the demonized youth of the past. Just like my generation of young people are demonized in the media to all be hoodie wearing thugs and chavs so were the skinheads in the 80’s.”
He continued: “The minute I found out what the words on the t-shirt meant Iw as 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.”
Well, we think that Plan B’s learned an important lesson – when you’re being thrifty and making your own clothes, make sure not to have any with neo-Nazi slogans on them. Maybe he could also learn be a bit less defensive next time he apologises for a mistake, too...