Rapper Wiley was the subject of major criticism for a lengthy Twitter rant that included several anti-Semitic posts discussing the “power” of the Jewish people.
The 41-year-old artist, real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, has spent several hours on social media making wacky and offensive statements.
He began his rant: “Listen to me Jewish community Israel is not your country, I’m sorry… The Star of David is our thing… Some people have become too comfortable on land that is not theirs. not belong.
Rapper Wiley, pictured at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, has been accused of launching a 12-hour anti-Semitic rant on Twitter
The rapper, pictured, is recognized as the Godfather of Grime and received an Ivor Novello award in 2019
Wiley made a series of extravagant statements on his Twitter feed during the day, which resulted in complaints
Later, using the trope of the influence of the Jewish people in the entertainment industry, he wrote: “There are 2 groups of people that nobody really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK, but being in business for 20 years you have started to understand. [sic] why… Red collars are the KKK and the Jewish people are the law… Make it right.
He said: “If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and challenge the Jewish community anyway, you will of course be fired. “
Wiley is considered the godfather of grime and last year received the “The Ivors Inspiration” award for his work in the early 90s.
In a statement, Wiley’s manager John Woolf said, “To be very clear here. I do not endorse or endorse what Wiley said today online in any way.
In a tweet this morning, he compares the Jewish people to the Ku Klux Klan
The manager of singer John Woolf has completely dissociated himself from his client’s messages. He told MailOnline: “To be very clear here. I do not endorse or endorse what Wiley said today online in any way. I am a proud Jew and I am deeply shocked and saddened by what he has chosen to say. I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today’s tweets. This behavior and hate speech is not acceptable to me ‘
“I am a proud Jew and I am deeply shocked and saddened, but what he chose to say. I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today’s tweets.
“This hateful behavior and speech is not acceptable to me.
A large number of Wiley’s tweets from today’s 12-hour rant were reported to Twitter and even the Metropolitan Police, citing hate speech and incitement to violence.
Antisemitism Policy Trust CEO Danny Stone told The Guardian: “The parallel is offensive and the inference is anti-Semitic. Jews and money. Dress him as you like.