He is often referred to as the Godfather of Grime, but London rapper Wiley was roundly denounced for a recent Twitter tirade about Jewish people.
The grime MC, who was made an MBE in 2018 and has been in the headlines for his ongoing feud with Stormzy in recent years, began a lengthy and highly offensive run of tweets on Friday, repeatedly referring to Jewish people as 'snakes' and 'cowards' and 'slippery gits'.
The 41-year-old, real name Richard Cowie, also compared Israel to the KKK and generally make numerous off-colour and hateful remarks. It seems that his account was temporarily suspended, but has since been reinstated - although numerous tweets have been marked as unavailable because they 'violated the Twitter rules'.
Now, his management company has cut all ties with him, with his (Jewish) manager John Woolf tweeting "Following Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets today we at A List Management have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for anti-Semitism.”
Woolf later issued a statement to the BBC which read: “To be very clear here. I do not support or condone what Wiley has said today online in any way shape or form. I am a proud Jewish man and I am deeply shocked and saddened but what he has chosen to say. I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today's tweets. This behaviour and hateful speech is not acceptable to me.”
We have received a number of reports relating to alleged anti-Semitic tweets posted on social media. The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.
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It has since been revealed that the Met Police are also looking into the matter, with the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding a "full explanation" from Twitter about why the 'abhorrent' tweets were allowed to remain on the site for so long.