Wiley during an event in London in 2017
Wiley during an event in London in 2017
Photo: AP
Wiley during an event in London in 2017

UK police investigate anti-Semitic tweets by rapper Wiley

The artist, whose real name is Richard Cowie, goes on a 48-hour rant, calling Jews 'cowards' and 'snakes,' while mocking those who reported him for hate-speech; he was dropped by his management company as a result

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Published: 07.25.20 , 21:27
London's police are investigating after a stream of anti-Semitic comments were posted on British grime artist Wiley's social media accouns.
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  • Twitter banned the rapper for seven days after rants on Friday and Saturday. He was also dropped by his management company after he shared the comments, which called Jews "cowards" and "snakes," among other things.
    Wiley during an event in London in 2017  Wiley during an event in London in 2017
    Wiley during an event in London in 2017
    (Photo: AP)
    London's Metropolitan Police said they had received a number of complaints.
    "The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously," police said. "The relevant material is being assessed."
    The 41-year-old artist, whose real name is Richard Cowie, is known as the "Godfather of Grime." He received an MBE award for services to music in 2018.
    Wiley's manager, John Woolf, said the A-List Management group had "cut all ties" with the musician following posts on Twitter and Instagram.
    "Following Wiley's antisemitic tweets today we at @A_ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism," Woolf said on Twitter.
    The Campaign Against Antisemitism accused Twitter of moving too slowly to remove offensive content. Most of the tweets remain, with Wiley appearing to mock people that reported him.
    Among those who objected are Labour lawmaker Jess Phillips.
    "Just seen all the Wiley stuff," she said "Why on earth have @Twitter left up such blatant antisemitism and hatred? It hits all the dangerous beats, Jews get things you don't get, they are in control, they think their better... This is dangerous stuff. Surely it should come down."

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