Grime artist Wiley banned from Twitter over angry anti-semitic outburst


The British artist was also dropped by his management company and the UK’s Metropolitan police are said to have approached the star.

Wiley, real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, posted numerous tweets on Twitter in a tirade against Jewish people on Friday.

One Tweet said ‘Jewish people you think you are too important I am sick of you.’

The posts were later deleted but it has left the 41 year old Londoner in hot water with his label and fans as well as the police.

He was given an hours-long ban after the tweets on Friday but was back online by Saturday morning telling followers he was “Back in action”.

However, he was then given a seven-day ban from the social media platform after Twitter was put under pressure with people taking to the platform to say that they condone ‘anti-semitism’.

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

However, his management company, A-List Management, have dropped him with his manager John Woolf being Jewish himself.

Mr Woolf wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning: “Following Wiley’s antisemitic tweets today we at @A_ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism.”

Other groups have also called for his head.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism said it had reported Wiley to the Metropolitan Police and issued a statement saying: “We consider that Wiley has committed the offence of incitement to racial hatred, which can carry a substantial prison sentence.”

Earlier the Metropolitan Police said they had received a number of reports about the tweets.

A spokesman said: “The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.”

Wiley’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have a total of 940,000 followers. The CAA has called for both his accounts to be removed.

This is not the first time the social media site has been accused of “allowing racism to run rampant”.

Last week it promoted a viral hashtag which contained numerous anti-Semitic tweets.

Several posts featuring anti-Jewish racism and Holocaust denial were presented to users looking at the hashtag #JewishPrivilege, which trended in the UK earlier in July.

Wiley is yet to give a statement.