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10 Ways The Insta Gen Are Showing Their Support For Jeremy Corbyn

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by: Chloe Mac Donnell
2 Jun 2017

From t-shirts to memes and shout-outs from Grime artists, here’s how support for the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is going viral…

1. #Grime4Corbyn Starts Trending

Last week a website #Grime4Corbyn was set up by an anonymous group of political activists along with a matching Instagram, with the disclaimer that ‘Views our own and not that of any artist, politician or party.’ It encourgaged Grime fans to register to vote in the forthcoming election and also gave fans a chance to win tickets to a secret gig on the 3rd of June.

Under a section labeled ‘Get The Look,’ t-shirts with the hashtag printed above an illustration of Corbyn holding a loudspeaker are for sale for £20, the profits of which are said to: ‘Go towards covering costs for #grime4corbyn events. Bringing young people, music and political engagement together, now across the UK.’ This follows in the wake of a string of Grime artists publicly declaring their support for Corbyn including…

2. Stormzy Speaks Out…

Stormzy was one of the first Grime artists to talk about Corbyn telling The Guardian: ‘My man, Jeremy! Young Jeremy, my guy. I dig what he says. I saw some sick picture of him from back in the day when he was campaigning about anti-apartheid and I thought: yeah, I like your energy. Have you seen that footage of House of Commons? They’re all neeky dons! The way they all laugh and cheer. Is this fucking Game Of Thrones? You lot have got real issues to talk about and deal with. That’s why I like Jeremy: I feel like he gets what the ethnic minorities are going through and the homeless and the working class.’ Corbyn is also a fan of Stormzy, following him on Twitter and thanking him for his support alongside praising him for speaking out about mental health issues. He also recently mentioned the artist in relation to party’s plans to create a £1 billion arts fund that will invest in the creative industries…

Although, a couple of years ago you probably would have laughed if someone had told you the 67 year old politician would be getting some of his biggest support from the Grime community, the relationship is actually not that unusual. In fact, Grime fans say his policies align with their ideals including…

3. Akala Joins In…

Akala who recently wrote in The Guardian about how he is not a Labour supporter but why he is going to be voting for Corbyn explaining: ‘For the first time in my adult life, and perhaps for the first time in British history, someone I would consider to be a fundamentally decent human being has a chance of being elected.’ He also tweeted his thoughts on mainstream media and the left being bias against Corbyn…

4. Novelist Calls For Young People To Vote

The Lewisham based artist, Novelist has also written about his support for young people to be more politically engaged, penning an essay for Push magazine, a bi-annual publication created by the Grime photogrpaher Vicky Grout and journalist Grant Brydon. ‘I don’t look at politics like a separate part of life,’ he writes. ‘I look at it in the same way I view going to the shops. It’s something that we all have to be involved in… You can’t avoid politics by opting out; it doesn’t work like that.’ Again he took to social media to declare his clear support for Corbyn too…

Which encouraged more Grime artists to speak out including most recently…

5. JME Does A Labour Snapchat Takeover

JME took over Corbyn’s Snapchat posting: ‘It’s JME on Jeremy’s Snapchat and I’m here right now to tell you to register to vote!,’ as the words ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ hovered in the background.

This follows on from a meeting the Tottenham based MC had with the leader, organised by I-D magazine where the pair chatted about youth engagement, Corbyn’s unpopularity among some of his Labour party peers and why the need for young people to get out and vote is even more vital than ever before.

6. Corbyn Joins BBK

JME’s social media engagement with Corbyn quickly led to fans adding the Labour leader to the Grime collective, Boy Better Know (BBK) Wikipedia page. The edit has since been deleted but has led to posters featuring images of numerous Grime artists alongside photos of Corbyn with the words ‘We support Corbyn,’ in Brockley and New Cross Gate.

7. Corbyn Is Snapped Dabbing, Well Kind Of…

An image of Corbyn dabbing by London based Reuben Dangoor has also started cropping up on phone boxes and walls alongside being turned into a meme on Instagram and most recently t-shirts with which the artist grammed with Corbyn…

SCENES (tees coming soon)

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8. A Corbyn T-Shirt Becomes A Must-Have

Wearing support for Corbyn across your chest has also been embraced by Bristol Street Wear who are selling Nike-esque swoosh tees…

9. A Dedicated ‘Corbyn Rebrand’ Instagram Account Starts Up…

While @CorbynRebrand take Insta fave brands including Palace, Supreme and Champion placing Corbyn’s party policies alongside them…

Hallelujah 🍾💷

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10. Chicken Connoisseur Says He Wants To Chill With Corbyn….

The latest to join the unofficial Corbyn campaign is the YouTube star Chicken Connoisseur whose reviews of chicken shops where he goes in search of the ‘Pengest Munch’ regularly rack up over a million views. Speaking to Fader he said he’d like to meet the Labour leader: ‘Get a couple of wings and chips, and chill.’ When asked why he would vote for him, he replied: ‘He’s not sneaky, he’s just a regular guy saying, ‘it’s dumb spending too much money there, we should spend it here.’ It’s all common sense.”



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