AUSTRALIAN rapper 360 has told Q&A overnight that he identifies the national flag with racism.

As part of the ABC show's panel on Monday night, he said,

"There are so many racist bigots in this country and they're everywhere.

"The Australian flag to me has now become… I identify that with racism. Does anyone else?"

The crowd applauded the comment.

It was a response to an audience member who asked, "Is it time for Australia to stand up to the world to show not all of Australia is racist".

The hop hop artist, also known as Matt Colwell, sat alongside former rocker Brian Cox, conductor Richard Gill, mathematician Nalini Joshi and actor Miranda Tapsell.

Rapper 360 on ABC panel show QandA
Rapper 360 on ABC panel show QandA


When asked by host Tony Jones to elaborate, he talked about the drunk and angry who spew abuse on Australia Day.

"They've got an Australian flag wrapped around their neck," he said.

"I've been in a taxi where we've pulled up because these dickheads have been walking across the road.

"They start yelling at the taxi driver like, 'Get out of this country, this is not your country' and they're wearing Australian flags.

"I've seen it so much growing up - still today.

"It's pathetic."

Jones quizzes Colwell who has song lyrics including, "I don't want fans who are racist pigs" on whether he thinks those people are his fans.

Colwell said in hip hop in Australia "there is a lot of racist people".

"If you are, I don't what them people at my shows.

"I don't want anything to do with them."

Watch the full context on the Q&A website

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