Politicians and musicians have condemned anti-Semitic tweets by Grime artist Wiley, who banned him from the social media platform for a week.
On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the musician posted a series of tweets, including one: “I would challenge the entire world of the Jewish community alone, I’m not afraid I can handle them.”
He also posted an Instagram video in which he said, “Get out of your way and defend your Jewish privilege.”
1. I have thought about what to write @WileyCEO tweets. I’m still not 100% sure, but I think it’s important to say something now. Any racism / prejudice is wrong. Whatever he thinks or feels about Isreal is his opinion, but this should not overwhelm Jewish people.
– DJ SPOONY (@DJSpoony) July 25, 2020
The messages have been widely condemned and Twitter has come under fire for being able to remain visible more than 12 hours after the initial posting. A number of tweets have since been removed.
Grime producer DJ Spoony said the comments were “inflammatory at best and criminal in some ways.”
He wrote on Twitter: “I am a very proud black man who has genuine love for everyone, no matter how wrong. I’m not going to ‘hang’ him publicly. Education is the only way to fight bigotry in any form. ”
He encouraged members of the Jewish community to send Wiley a message to help him see “the error of his ways.”
We unequivocally condemn Wileyâ ?? s anti-Semitic remarks. @wileyceo received the Ivors Inspiration Award in 2019 for his musical contribution to grime in the early 2000s.
We stand against all forms of intolerance. Such terrible views do not belong in the music-making community. pic.twitter.com/GZwOR8JwkJ
– The Ivors Academy (@IvorsAcademy) July 25, 2020
The Ivors Academy, which presented their Inspiration Award to Wiley in 2019, said they “ unequivocally condemn his comments. ”
“We are against all forms of intolerance. Such terrible views do not belong in the music-making community. ‘
A number of MPs have also tweeted and wondered why the tweets have been around for so long.
Labor Member of Parliament Jess Phillips said, “I just saw all the Wiley stuff. Why the hell did @Twitter leave such blatant anti-Semitism and hatred? It hits all the dangerous beats, Jews get things you don’t get, they are in control, they think they are better … These are dangerous things. It should come down anyway. ‘
Fellow MP Neil Coyle added, “His management appears to be able to act faster than @Twitter and reiterates that legislation (including the Online Harms bill) should ensure that social media platforms are not used to spread hate.”
The anti-Semitism campaign has also contacted the cabinet to request that Wiley’s MBE be withdrawn.