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London police investigate anti-Semitic tweets by Grime artist Wiley

London police investigate anti-Semitic tweets by Grime artist Wiley


AP Staff

Published 12:24 a.m. ET July 27, 2020

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London’s police are investigating after a stream of anti-Semitic comments were posted on British grime artist Wiley’s social media accounts.

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.

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.

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Wiley’s manager, John Woolf, said the A-List Management group had “cut all ties” with the musician following the 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. Some of the tweets remain.

Among those who objected are British Labor 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.”

The British charity CST, which addresses antisemitism, said it will be joining a 48-hour Twitter blackout Monday to protest the media company’s “failure to act and stop Wiley’s disgusting antisemitic campaign.” The group used the Twitter hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.

Groups such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center joined the call for the protest on Twitter.

British author Stephen Pollard directed a Tweet featuring a smiley face, its mouth covered with a “48 Hours Silence” banner to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “You enable the likes of @WileyCEO to spread their poison,” he wrote. “So we say: #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.”

Contributing: Bryan Alexander

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