James Arthur is well on his way to being a Pointless answer in the X Factor winners category in a year or two. You might have caught his appearance on Children In Need last night; even with what seemed to be seventy other people on stage, the song and performance was totally empty. It was like watching someone humming in a very busy bus station. Even his tattoos seemed to be embarrassed to be part of it.
It wasn't the worst thing involving James Arthur yesterday, though: he's outed himself as a racist homophobe, too.
Somehow Arthur got himself caught up in a rap diss war with Mickey Worthless. Miss, miss, Worthless started it:
‘You sucked Simon [Cowell’s] bell to get your deal. You suck Simon’s bell and Louis [Walsh’s]’ as well. Yeah you did, you faggot. Yeah you did, fuck off.’Leaving aside the obvious homophobia of this line, if it was true, then surely Arthur could at least be said to have put in the hours to get his deal?
Arthur, though, wasn't taking it lying down - the claims, that is - and decided to respond. Rather than write a reply which said 'Actually, you're homophobic and I'm far far greater/ won a public vote with an independent adjudicator', Arthur responded in kind:
“You’re a terrible rapper, you should shoot yourself”[...]Ah, yes. The moral high ground of adding pedestrian racism to homophobic insults.
“You fucking queer. Hilarious, precarious you Talibani confused, imbecilic mimic of a gimmick”.
Arthur at first tried to brazen it out:
He thought he was Mr Rap Battle, so he had to get it. He asked for itYou'll note that Arthur seems convinced that it is HE who is Mr Rap Battle.
Someone, though, has intervened and pulled Arthur's Soundcloud o' Intolerance.
As the shit, stitched-together Tommy Duckworth without Tommy Duckworth storyline on Corrie shows, ITV isn't amused when its tea-and-crumpets image is disrupted by children doing filthy raps, so let's hope Arthur isn't expecting to appear on X Factor this season. (Equally, if Arthur does, Chris Fountain might have the makings of an unfair dismissal claim on his hands.)
In the short term, it might be best if someone stops buying the two boys top-up vouchers for their phones.
[Thanks to Michael M]