British rapper Wiley was suspended from Instagram and Twitter, for the second time, on Friday over a series of antisemitic posts including one about “Satanic Jews.”
The singer was previously banned from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in July 2020, and had since set up second accounts on some of the social media platforms.
Wiley, whose real name is Richard Kylea Cowie, used the handle @WileyRecordings on Twitter to send out “racist hate towards Jews,” according to the British non-profit Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), the Jewish Chronicle reported Friday. Wiley had used a picture of CAA head Joe Glasman on his own Twitter profile and had directed a number of online attacks against the anti-racism activist.
He’d also shared a photo of Glasman’s Twitter profile on Instagram, writing “Don’t hide Joe come outside bro,” according to the Jewish Chronicle.
From his new Twitter account, Wiley posted a video of Nation of Islam preacher Louis Farrakhan, a known antisemite, saying he was “here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews.”
Other posts included Wiley appearing as an Orthodox Jew with the caption “gang shit,” and another that read: “The Jewish Faces that Control Hiphop and Mainstream Black Music.”
“The antisemite Wiley has been able to return to Twitter and spout racist hate, even adopting the image of one of our personnel as his profile picture,” the UK’s Jewish News quoted a spokesperson for CAA as saying.
“Twitter has suspended his account after we called on the platform to do so, but the company has failed to prevent him joining the platform repeatedly over the past year, despite its pledges to ban him,” the spokesperson said.
Last year, police in Britain closed an investigation against the rapper following his previous antisemitic tirades because he was apparently not in the country at the time and could not be prosecuted under British law. Wiley was then in the Netherlands.
Wiley’s Jewish manager had cut ties with him after his tirade last year, which prompted a 48-hour Twitter boycott by British Jews who were unhappy with the social media platform’s response.
Wiley had posted a stream of antisemitic tweets last year that included claims of connections between the Jewish community and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as repeated tropes about Jews and money.
“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 undestand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law…Work that out,” the grime artist had tweeted to his nearly half a million followers.