Kanye West Brit Awards performance sparks over 100 Ofcom complaints for stray N-words

ITV's continuous muting of the rapper was never going to please everyone

Jess Denham
Thursday 26 February 2015 16:45 GMT
Kanye West performs live at the Brit Awards 2015
Kanye West performs live at the Brit Awards 2015

Viewers may have been irked by ITV’s muting of Kanye West’s Brit Awards performance last night, but more than 100 were still left offended by his use of the N-word.

The US rapper’s rendition of “All Day” was heavily censored for bad language but Ofcom received 126 complaints after a couple of profanities slipped through the net.

“We are assessing these [complaints] before deciding whether to investigate or not,” an Ofcom spokesperson said.

Kanye reportedly dropped the N-word 39 times throughout the song but it was impossible for the broadcaster to please everyone, with others left angry by the continuous sound interruptions.

“The Brits is broadcast live on ITV from 8pm to a wide audience,” an ITV spokesperson said.

“We have operated a short time delay as standard practice for some years on the show, to allow us to mute language that may be inappropriate for that wide audience, and elected to do so in this case, given the performance took place shortly after the 9pm watershed.”

One fellow musician who was far from impressed with Kanye’s performance was Liam Gallagher, who summed up his feelings succinctly in a single tweet:

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