Musicians and politicians condemn ‘appalling’ tweets by Grime artist Wiley

Politicians and musicians have condemned anti-Semitic tweets by Grime artist Wiley, which have seen him banned from the social media platform for a week.

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the musician posted a series of tweets including one that said: "I would challenge the whole world of Jewish community on my own I am not scared I can handle them."

He also posted an Instagram video in which he said: "crawl out from under your little rocks and defend your Jewish privilege".

The posts have been widely condemned, and Twitter has come under fire for allowing them to remain visible for more than 12 hours after they were first posted. A number of tweets have now been removed.

Grime producer DJ Spoony said the comments were "at best inflammatory and at worst criminal in some aspects".

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BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Wiley performs on stage on Day 1 of Fusion Festival 2013 at Cofton Park on August 31, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Wiley performs at KOKO 2020 closing finale, special live performance by god father of grime artist Wiley at KOKO on March 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KOKO)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Wiley performs at KOKO 2020 closing finale, special live performance by god father of grime artist Wiley at KOKO on March 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KOKO)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Wiley performs at O2 Academy Brixton hours after recieving his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at the 2018 New Year Investitures ceremony on March 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Wiley performs at O2 Academy Brixton hours after recieving his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at the 2018 New Year Investitures ceremony on March 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT - SEPTEMBER 10: Skepta (EDITORS NOTE: This image was edited using digital filters) performs on the mainstage with Wiley, Frisco, DJ Maximum and Shorty during the 2nd day of Bestival 2016 at Robin Hill Country Park on September 10, 2016 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT - SEPTEMBER 10: Wiley and DJ Maximum perform on the mainstage with Skepta during the 2nd day of Bestival 2016 at Robin Hill Country Park on September 10, 2016 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Wiley performs on stage on Day 1 of Fusion Festival 2013 at Cofton Park on August 31, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Wiley performs on stage on Day 1 of Global Gathering 2013 on July 26, 2013 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 20: Wiley performs on stage at The Forum on April 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 23: Skepta and Wiley perform on stage at O2 Academy Leicester on September 23, 2012 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
London MC Wiley (aka Eskiboy or Wiley Kat), founder member of grime music collective Roll Deep and formerly of the Pay As You Go Cartel, circa 2002. He was born Richard Kylea Cowie in 1979. (Photo by Chris Lopez/Sony Music Archive via Getty Images)
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He wrote on Twitter: "I'm a very proud black man who has genuine love for everyone however wrong is wrong. I'm not going to publicly 'hang' him. Education is the only way to battle bigotry in any form."

He encouraged members of the Jewish community to message Wiley to help him see "the error of his ways".

The Ivors Academy, who gave Wiley their Inspiration Award in 2019, said they "unequivocally condemn" his comments.

"We stand against all forms of intolerance. Such appalling views have no place in the music creator community."

A number of MPs have also tweeted, questioning why the tweets had been left up for so long.

Labour MP Jess Phillips said: "Just seen all the Wiley stuff. 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."

Fellow MP Neil Coyle added: "His management appear able to act quicker than @Twitter emphasising, once again, that legislation (including the Online Harms Bill) should ensure social media platforms are not used to spread hate."

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has also contacted the Cabinet Office to ask that Wiley's MBE is revoked.

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