Leading far-left activist praises convicted gangsta rapper in thinly-veiled attack against Prince Philip

A highly influential far-left activist has lavished praise on an American ‘gangsta’ rapper convicted of multiple felonies in an obvious and tasteless dig at the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Rapper DMX (short for Dark Man X) died on the same day as Prince Philip. For most, the parallel would abruptly end there, but Ash Sarkar, who writes for the militant Novara Media and regularly features as the ‘voice of the youth’ on programmes like Newsnight and GMB, thought she would draw out the comparison.

Mocking the late Duke’s incredible record of public service, Sarkar wrote on social media: “DMX could cut a ribbon but Prince Phillip couldn’t make Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” one of the rapper’s albums, which featured tracks with unpleasant titles like “We Don’t Give a Fuck” and “Keep Your Shit the Hardest”.

In a different post, she called for eight days of mourning in the UK for the American rapper, who died from a heart attack. A drug overdose is thought to have been the cause.

DMX, real name, Eric Simmons, was frequently in trouble with the law throughout his life.

He first went to prison aged just 16 after stealing a dog from a junkyard. Simmons found himself back in jail in 1988, this time for carjacking and was later moved to a high-security prison after he attempted to extort a fellow inmate for drugs.

Simmons, who fathered 15 children by 9 different women, is known to have had a lifelong addiction to crack cocaine, first taking it when he was just fourteen years of age.

He was arrested an inordinate number of times throughout his life for a range of very serious and disturbing crimes, including robbery, reckless driving, drug possession and animal cruelty.

In fact, Simmons was in and out of prison for the majority of his adult life. His last discharge was as recently as 2019 after being convicted of tax fraud.

By contrast, the Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was mentioned in dispatches. Among his seemingly endless list of major contributions to British and Commonwealth civic life was the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme that he launched in 1956. Affectionately known as D of E, the scheme encouraged teenage children to embrace the outdoors and learn practical skills.

The Duke’s death prompted an outpouring of tributes from across the globe.

Former US President Donald Trump said: “Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom.”

Trump’s views on DMX are less well known, but we would hazard they are at least slightly less charitable.