Grime rapper Wiley is accused of antisemitism after likening Jews to the Ku Klux Klan – describing them as ‘two sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge’
- Rapper Wiley has been accused of launching a 12-hour Antisemitic Twitter rant
- He is alleged to have tweeted several Antisemitic tropes throughout the day
- Several Twitter users have reported his comments to the Metropolitan Police
- His manager John Woolf said: ‘I do not condone or support anything he has said’
Rapper Wiley has faced major criticism for a long Twitter rant which included several anti-Semitic messages discussing the ‘power’ of Jewish people.
The 41-year-old artist, whose real name is Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, spent several hours on social media allegedly making wild and offensive claims.
He began his rant: ‘Listen to me Jewish community Israel is not your country I’m sorry … The Star of David that’s our ting … Some people have gotten too comfortable on lands that don’t belong to them.’
Rapper Wiley, pictured at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, has been accused of embarking on a 12-hour Antisemitic rant on Twitter
The rapper, pictured, is acknowledged as The Godfather of Grime and received an Ivor Novello award in 2019
Wiley made a series of outlandish claims on his twitter feed during the day which resulted in complaints
Later, using the trope of Jewish people’s influence in the entertainment industry, he wrote: ‘There are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK but being in business for 20 years you start to undestand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law…Work that out.’
He said: ‘If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway of course you will get fired.’
Wiley is considered the Godfather of Grime and last year was awarded ‘The Ivors Inspiration’ award for his work in the early noughties.
In a statement, Wiley’s manager John Woolf said: ‘To be very clear here. I do not support or condone what Wiley has said today online in any way shape or form.
In one tweet from this morning, he compares the Jewish people to the Ku Klux Klan
The singer’s manager John Woolf completely disassociated himself with his client’s messages. He told MailOnline: ”To be very clear here. I do not support or condone what Wiley has said today online in any way shape or form. I am a proud Jewish man and I am deeply shocked and saddened but what he has chosen to say. I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today’s tweets. This behaviour and hateful speech is not acceptable to me’
‘I am a proud Jewish man and I am deeply shocked and saddened but what he has chosen to say. I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today’s tweets.
‘This behaviour and hateful speech is not acceptable to me.’
A large number of Wiley’s tweets from today’s 12-hour rant have been reported to Twitter and even the Metropolitan Police, citing hate speech and incitement to violence.
CEO of the Antisemitism Policy Trust Danny Stone told The Guardian: ‘The parallel is offensive & the inference is antisemitic. Jews and money. Dress it up however you like.’