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Wiley apologises for his anti-semitic Twitter rant as he tells fans ‘I’m not racist’

WILEY has apologised for his anti-Semitic rant on Twitter and told fans 'I'm not racist'.

The rapper said he was sorry for “generalising” when he made the abusive comments referring to Jewish people as “cowards and snakes”.

Wiley has apologised for an anti-Semitic rant on Twitter, telling Sky he was sorry for 'generalising'
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Wiley has apologised for an anti-Semitic rant on Twitter, telling Sky he was sorry for 'generalising'Credit: Getty - Contributor
The musician has been banned from Twitter after his rant
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The musician has been banned from Twitter after his rantCredit: Reuters

He told Sky News: “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.

"My comments should not have been directed to all Jews or Jewish people. I want to apologise for generalising, and I want to apologise for comments that were looked at as anti-Semitic."

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.

Wiley

The MC, real name Richard Kylea Cowie, has cut ties with his Jewish manager John Woolf as a result of the rant.

Wiley said: "I'm not racist, you know. I'm a businessman. My thing should have stayed between me and my manger, I get that.”

However, he appeared to try to justify his provocative comments by suggesting "the Jewish community is powerful within the music business". 

"The music industry people that I’m talking about, they are the ones who get to benefit from it, that’s what this is all about," he said.

"It's systemic racism from their side.

"The system and that man, and a community of Jewish lawyers have made me feel that way.

"Not anti-Semitic, they’ve made me feel angry and upset because they are showing me the systemic racism that they’re allowed to use on us."

SUSPENDED

It comes after Facebook and Twitter suspended Wiley's accounts after he shared a series of posts aimed at Jewish celebrities that had criticised him.

The musician, nicknamed The Godfather of Grime, called out Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter Emma Barnett.

One post read: "I spoke on Twitter the way Lord Sugar speak before and 12 police was at my door."

Others read: "David Baddiel come and talk to my face" and "Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I am coming to sit down with you."

A Facebook spokesperson said Wiley's account was removed for "repeated violations" of its policies.

It initially suspended, then deleted Wiley's Facebook and Instagram profiles.

TWITTER RANT

The rapper was widely slammed for his abusive tirade last week where he repeated a number of anti-Semitic tropes.

He wrote: "If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway of course you will get fired."

He also said: "Red necks are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law…Work that out."

Another tweet stated: "In fact there are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge Jewish & KKK but being in business for 20 years you start to understand why."

The artist continued: "Jewish community ya too touchy anyway Israel is not yours hold that".

TOO SLOW TO ACT

Twitter took six days to kick Wiley off the platform - although he has now been permanently suspended - and bosses have been forced to apologise for acting so slowly.

A spokesman said: "Let us be clear: hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service and we strongly condemn anti-Semitism.

"We are sorry we did not move faster and are continuing to assess the situation internally. "

The site is investigating, officials say.

Twitter and Instagram's alleged slowness to act prompted politicians, celebrities and other prominent names to carry out a 48-hour walkout from both platforms, using the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.

Facebook and Instagram banned Wiley from their platforms on Tuesday.

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: "It appears that Twitter has now suspended the account of Richard Cowie, or Wiley, six days after he began an extended anti-Semitic rant and nearly all the way through a 48-hour walkout from Twitter by the Jewish community and its allies.

"Instagram was also slow on this, deleting his profile only yesterday. It is just not good enough.

"Social media companies have not been strong or fast enough about tackling racism, misogyny or homophobia.”

Rapper Wiley pictured at the Brit Awards in 2017
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Rapper Wiley pictured at the Brit Awards in 2017Credit: AFP - Getty
Wiley suggested what he wrote on Twitter was no worse than what Alan Sugar has written in the past
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Wiley suggested what he wrote on Twitter was no worse than what Alan Sugar has written in the past
Facebook has suspended Wiley's personal profile
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Facebook has suspended Wiley's personal profile
The grime artist's Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been suspended
The grime artist's Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been suspended
Police investigate Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets after rapper is banned from Twitter and dropped by manager