Grime star Wiley refuses to withdraw anti-Semitic comments made on Twitter and calls fans ‘fickle’
The 41 year old was dropped by his management company over a series of anti-Semitic comments made on social media on Friday where he called Jews ‘snakes’ and compared them to the Ku Klux Klan.
Asked about what he would say to his fans who may incite hatred or commit violent acts against Jewish people, he replied: “Well, you’ve never seen me commit a violent act towards Jewish people or the Jewish community.”
“You know, fans are fickle. Don’t wind me up. I’m 41 years old. It’s not like I have got a big bag of fans. Leave it. I’m not Dave. I’m not current. I’m at the end of my career rather than the beginning.”
Wiley – real name Richard Coward Jr and who is often credited as being the “godfather of grime” – posted a series of offensive comments on Twitter which has led to his manager John Woolf removing the musician from their roster.
“Following Wiley’s antisemitic tweets today we at A-ListMGMT have cut all ties with him,” Woolf said. “There is no place in society for antisemitism.”
And rapper Beardyman said of Wiley: “He really believes the stuff he tweeted,” he wrote. “I tried many times to demonstrate the equivalence between all forms of prejudice. He concurred every time but quickly lurched back into rage-filled conspiracy each time.”
And Wiley, who was awarded an MBE in 2018 for ‘services to music’ has refused to backtrack on his comments, reports confirm.
When asked by Sky News if he accepted that his comments were antisemitic, Wiley said: “My comments should not have been directed to all Jews or Jewish people.
“I just want to apologise for generalising and going outside of the people who I was talking to within the workspace and workplace I work in,” he told the channel.
“I want to apologise for generalising, and I want to apologise for comments that were looked at as antisemitic.”
According to Sky, at times during the interview Wiley became agitated “yelling directly at the camera and, at one point, jumping up and pounding his chest” at some of the questions asked.
Wiley said: “I’m not racist, you know. I’m a businessman. My thing should have stayed between me and my manager, I get that.”
The Metropolitan police have apparently been in touch with Wiley about the anti-semitic remarks.