Wiley: Rapper abuses Jewish critics on Facebook

Rapper Wiley on stage

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Rapper Wiley shared the abuse of Jewish criticism on Facebook following an anti-Semitic tirade

After an anti-Semitic tirade that provoked a boycott on Twitter, rapper Wiley wrote offensive posts against his Jewish critics on Facebook.

The BBC discovered the grime artist published on his personal Facebook page under his name Richard Kylea Cowie.

He specifically named Jewish celebrities – including Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC host Emma Barnett.

Facebook says it is investigating. The BBC contacted Wiley for comment.

The posts aim to abuse Jewish celebrities who expressed their dismay at Wiley’s tweets and also mention “Golders Green”, a London neighborhood with a large Jewish community.

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Wiley’s personal Facebook page, where he posted abuse on Jewish critics

The posts include: “Listen to Golders Green, play my sister and let’s meet soon”; “David Baddiel come talk to my face”; and “Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I’m going to sit down with you … Maze you could come while you forgot what color you are.”

Numerous comments on the posts also include anti-Semitic abuse.

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Media captionRapper Wiley’s Twitter account was suspended after anti-Semitic posts.

The latest comments were shared on Wiley’s personal Facebook profile, rather than on his official page. Although they have had relatively little involvement – less than 100 likes and comments each – they are visible to the public.

Many of Wiley’s tweets have been deleted and his Twitter account has been temporarily suspended after going into an anti-Semitic tirade on Friday. A tweet read: “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about black people” and compared the Jewish community with the Klu Klux Klan. Most posts spread anti-Semitic tropes.

He also had a number of posts deleted from Instagram, but his accounts are still live.

A number of eminent users called for a 48-hour boycott on Twitter that started on Monday, stating that the social network didn’t act quickly enough and should have permanently banned Riley.

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