British artist Wiley had something of a meltdown on social media on Friday and Saturday, posting a series of antisemitic tweets and Instagram videos over a period of several hours.
Eventually his account on Twitter was temporarily suspended and many of the tweets removed, although a number of his posts are still live on Instagram at the time of writing.
Wiley has also been dropped by his long-term manager John Woolf of A-List Management, and also by his label’s distributor ADA.
“While Wiley controls and releases his music through his own label, he has a digital distribution agreement with ADA and we are terminating that agreement,” said the latter in a statement.
Attention is now turning to the social media platforms though. There’s a 48-hour Twitter ‘walkout’ underway as a protest – you can see many of the participants explaining why they’re supporting the campaign here under the #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate hashtag.
— Jessie Ware (@JessieWare) July 25, 2020
Meanwhile, the UK’s home secretary Priti Patel said yesterday that Wiley’s posts “should not have been able to remain on Twitter and Instagram for so long and I have asked them for a full explanation”.
The antisemitic posts from Wiley are abhorrent.
They should not have been able to remain on Twitter and Instagram for so long and I have asked them for a full explanation.
Social media companies must act much faster to remove such appalling hatred from their platforms.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) July 26, 2020