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    British Hip Hop artist Stormzy arrives at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London, Britain, November 12, 2017.

    Stormzy in a Teacup: Fans Back Hip-Hop Star After Homophobic Tweets Surface

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    International hip-hop star Stormzy has won forgiveness from his army of followers after issuing an apology over homophobic tweets he posted as a teenager.

    Old social media posts by the grime singing sensation before he won fame have resurfaced, forcing him to make an apology on his Twitter account to his 1.05 million followers on Wednesday, November 22, for his "unacceptable and disgusting" homophobic views.

    His decision to come clean and hold his hands up immediately sparked widespread approval, although some of his followers did question whether people can actually change.

    Not all were entirely convinced, however, that the singer could change from his initial thoughts.

    Offensive Tweets

    One message, dated November 2011, remarked on the British soap series Eastenders where a couple, Christian and Syed, had entered into a gay relationship together. The musician wrote: "Loooool us see syed run into christians arm. F**king f*g."

    Again, the following year, while watching the BBC series School for Stars, Stormzy, then 18, posted the message, "Put it on BBC1 this little black boy is a f**king f*g."

    In another message, the singer re-tweeted another social media user talking about straighteners and curling tongs, writing: "R u a f*g?"

    His tweets were picked up by UK-based online newspaper marketed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, resulting in Stormzy being forced to make a grovelling apology via his Twitter account.

    The singer has been nominated for two categories at this year's BBC Music Awards — including Artist of the Tear and Album of the Year.

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