Saturday, 25 July 2020

Corbyn Wrongly Linked to Appalling Wiley Comments

Grime star Wiley went on an appalling Twitter rant on 24th July, posting comments which were unequivocally antisemitic. These comments were roundly condemned by the overwhelming majority of Twitter users, and for a man with 495,200 followers, the support he received was relatively minimal. It would seem the bulk of Wiley's followers were unimpressed.

One deleted tweet read: "crawl out from under your little rocks and defend your Jewish privilege". Here are a few screenshots of other comments:


 


Electronic music producer Salute called out Wiley's antisemitism and asked others to do the same.


Ex-Labour MP and Tory antisemitism Tsar John Mann seemed to think Jeremy Corbyn should take personal responsibility for Wiley, which is interesting, considered Lord Mann was honoured by the same Tory government that gave Wiley his MBE.


Perhaps Wiley would be more likely to become a Tory MP, since the Tories awarded him an MBE...


Other Twitter users condemned the way Wiley's words have been turned into an attack on Corbyn, almost as though they are more more interested in condemning the former Labour leader than the culprit himself.


One Twitter user expressed concern about how some Twitter users turned the Wiley incident into an attack on the back community, Grime, and Corbynism.


Wiley's comments were clearly unacceptable and of course it's disappointing that a small portion of his fans expressed support for these views, but it's also disappointing to see centrists laying blame at Jeremy Corbyn's feet and claiming this antisemitism is representative of the UK left. This is simply not accurate. I have a quarter the number of Twitter followers Wiley has, but my tweet condemning Wiley's tweets received more likes and retweets in half an our than Wiley's did in 24 hours. I would suggest this response is far more representative of the British left, than the preposterous media narrative that we all hate Jews.


This Twitter user seemed to think Corbynism made Wiley possible, but Wiley's first hit was in 2002, 13 years before Corbyn became Labour leader. Need I say more?


Wiley's tweets have since been removed by Twitter for violating their rules, but at the time of writing, the account has not been suspended. Some have expressed dismay at how Wiley was allowed to continue his rant for 48 hours, while others mentioned the likes of Katie Hopkins were allowed to spew hatred for years. 

Some Twitter users are boycotting the platform for 48 hours, starting Monday to demand tougher action on antisemitism. While the move is itself commendable, I note some of those leading the charge are among the worst trolls and have regularly engaged in the cynical weaponisation of antisemitism. It is difficult to join with those who have smeared Jeremy Corbyn for political purposes, and for that reason I cannot participate, although I fully agree with the principle that Twitter must act on racism and abuse. 

Clearly, there is dissatisfaction among the public at how the social media giant handles complaints. However, Wiley is reported to have been dropped by his management company A-list Management. Wiley received an MBE for services to music in 2018 but there are now calls for this to be revoked.

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