Published 12:24 a.m. ET July 27, 2020
ViacomCBS is cutting ties with Nick Cannon following the actor’s anti-Semitic comments on his podcast, ‘Cannon’s Class.’
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.
Nick Cannon has talk show postponed: Meets with rabbi after anti-Semitic comments
British Police are investigating after a stream of anti-Semitic comments were posted on music artist Wiley’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. (Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)
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.
In solidarity with British Jewry, the SWC will be participating in the 48-hour @Twitter walkout, officially beginning 9 a.m. on Monday. Please check our other social media feeds for news and updates.#NoSafeSpaceForJewHatehttps://t.co/g2AF490wB9 via @nbcnews
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) July 26, 2020
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.”
You refuse to act against Jew hate, @Twitter@jack.
You enable the likes of @WileyCEO to spread their poison.
You choose to allow it on here.
So we say: #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate
At 9am on Monday, let’s tell Twitter it has to act. Please join our 48 hour walk out. pic.twitter.com/IuOn67onhc
— Stephen Pollard (@stephenpollard) July 25, 2020
Contributing: Bryan Alexander
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/07/27/london-police-investigate-anti-semitic-tweets-grime-artist-wiley/5516469002/
/ 5 hours ago
Granit Xhaka urges Arsenal pal Eddie Nketiah to play major role in Premier League title push after Gabriel Jesus surgery
GRANIT XHAKA has told Eddie Nketiah he has a major role to play in...
/ 5 hours ago
Jack Grealish’s World Cup rivals placing bets on how many times tricky England ace will be fouled, claims team-mate
BERNARDO SILVA revealed he has been making bets with Portugal team-mates on how many...
/ 6 hours ago
England vs France World Cup quarter-final is battle of the wide men.. and ours are better than theirs.. even with Mbappe
WHEN we held our Sun panel night ahead of this World Cup the verdict...