Grime star Wiley today apologized for the "generalization" during anti-Semitic social media rants that prompted Twitter to finally block his account amid a wave of angry criticism.
The 41-year-old musician appeared to blame "systemic racism" against black artists during an interview with Sky News "a community of Jewish lawyers" in the music industry.
The rapper denied that he was racist and apologized for the generalization of his inflammatory statements. He said the argument should have stayed between him and his manager John Woolf.
"I just want to apologize for generalizing and leaving the people I spoke to within the area of work and the place where I work," he said.
Grime star Wiley today apologized for the "generalization" during anti-Semitic social media rants that caused Twitter to permanently lock his account
"My comments shouldn't be addressed to all Jews. I apologize for the generalization and apologize for comments that were considered anti-Semitic. & # 39;
Wiley also seemed to be trying to justify his provocative comments by suggesting "the Jewish community is powerful in the music business".
"The music industry people I'm talking about are the ones who can benefit from that, that's what this is about," he said.
& # 39; It's systemic racism on your part. The system and this man and a community of Jewish lawyers made me feel that way.
"Not anti-Semitic, they made me angry and upset because they show me the systemic racism that they can apply to us."
The musician, whose real name is Richard Cowie, has been widely convicted of a number of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a video he shared on Friday telling the Jews to crawl under your little rocks.
Twitter said on Wednesday that it had suspended him permanently because of a post that described the Jewish people as "cowards and snakes" and "continues to assess the situation internally." He was initially given a temporary ban.
The 41-year-old musician appeared to blame "systemic racism" against black artists during an interview with Sky News "a community of Jewish lawyers" in the music industry
The rapper also denied that he was racist and apologized for the "generalization". He said the argument should have been between him and his manager John Woolf
Wiley was also banned from Instagram and Facebook after continuing to post inflammatory comments on social media until Tuesday.
Marie van der Zyl, President of the House of Representatives of the British Jews, has demanded that Wiley be charged with inciting racial hatred for the comments shared with his 500,000 Twitter followers.
"The alarm and insult he caused is unimaginable and he is clearly not sorry at all," she said.
& # 39; This is a man with 500,000 Twitter followers. He must be charged with inciting racial hatred, and must face the full force of the law. & # 39;
The dirt artist also claimed today that his manager owned his MBE, but a spokesman for Mr. Woolf said the honor was framed for Wiley and "ready for his collection".
Wiley said he "never felt comfortable" to receive the MBE, referring to Britain's colonial past.
John Woolf, as pictured above, said he no longer represented the dirt artist Wiley
The rapper, known as Godfather of Grime, was named MBE for Music Merit in 2018.
The anti-Semitism campaign has announced that it will contact the cabinet to request that Wiley's MBE be revoked.
Speaking to Sky News, Wiley said he was ready to give it up because he "never wanted to".
He said to the broadcaster: "I never felt comfortable getting it. Just look at the history of British colonialism. & # 39;
The manager, who is a Jew, said he no longer represented Wiley and cut the connection to the rapper.
Wiley added, "I'm not racist, you know? I'm a businessman. My thing should have stayed between me and my manager, I understand that. & # 39;
The rapper talked about what he would say to his fans and whether they were being influenced to commit violent acts against Jewish people, and said he had never been seen to commit such acts against Jewish people or the Jewish community.
He described the fans as "moody", said he was not "up to date" and compared himself to popular rapper Dave before adding that he was "at the end" of his career and not at the beginning.
It comes when Twitter released a statement after it finally gave in to public pressure to throw the star off their platform.
A spokesman said: "After further investigation, our teams blocked the account in question for repeated violations of our hateful behavior guidelines.
"Let us be clear: hate behavior has absolutely no place in our ministry and we strongly condemn anti-Semitism. We are sorry that we have not moved faster and continue to assess the situation internally. & # 39;
Wiley pictured was finally suspended from Twitter six days after his series of anti-Semitic posts sparked a 48-hour user strike in protest
Wiley's account above was finally blocked today. Twitter apologized for "not faster" and said that they "continue to assess the situation internally".
Both his Facebook and Instagram accounts were also removed after his tirades
The company added, "We deeply respect the concerns of the Jewish community and advocates of online security and will continue to work closely with the government, non-governmental organizations, civil society partners and our industry peers to fight anti-Semitism on Twitter."
The anti-Semitism campaign welcomed the news that "Twitter was finally listening," but said the action was "too little too late."
A statement said: “It is at least a start for this deeply irresponsible social network.
& # 39; After Twitter's miserable reaction to the blatant anti-Jewish incitement on its platform, we decided last night to literally illuminate the company and to project some of the hateful tweets that Twitter allows on its platform to its London headquarters.
& # 39; From their pathetic reactions to the hate that is spread daily on their platform, it is clear that social media companies will not shy away from anything to make a profit. It is time for these deeply harmful and irresponsible companies to be held responsible for the hatred they spread. & # 39;
As of Friday, Wiley published a number of anti-Semitic posts on the social media website. The comments on Twitter and Instagram are being examined by the Metropolitan Police
Yesterday the group protested in front of the social media company's London office and projected a message on the building that said, “Twitter, we're all tired of your mess. MAKE IT CLEAN! & # 39;
Social networks have been criticized for not acting earlier to remove the content. Downing Street said her answer was "not good enough".
Grime star Wiley's Facebook and Instagram accounts were finally removed yesterday after the musician was suspended from the websites for seven days because of the posts.
But the alleged slowness of Twitter and Instagram prompted politicians, celebrities and other prominent names to use the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate to conduct a 48-hour strike from both platforms.
Wiley launched a series of attacks on the Jewish community over the weekend, including a video on Friday asking Jews to "crawl out from under your little stones."
Yesterday, the anti-Semitism campaign protested outside Twitter's London office and projected a message onto the social media company's building
He also shared Instagram with a conspiracy theory about the funding and creation of the Klu-Klux clan by Jews.
The Metropolitan Police is investigating the comments on Twitter and Instagram that prompted Wiley's management company to have strong relationships with him.
Wiley also targeted Priti Patel during his two-day Facebook rant after the Home Secretary described his anti-Semitic posts as "heinous."
"They couldn't have stayed on Twitter and Instagram for so long, and I asked them for a full explanation," she said.
"Social media companies have to act much faster to remove such horrific hatred from their platforms."
Wiley seemed to answer and said, "Priti Patel, do you want to see me?"
Before his ban, Wiley visited his personal Facebook page to share another stream of provocative comments that appear to be aimed at the Jewish community
Wiley went to his personal Facebook page after being denied access to Instagram and Twitter to share a stream of provocative comments – which in turn seemed to be aimed at the Jewish community.
In one post, Wiley claimed that "certain people" viewed black people in society as "among them."
He wrote: "Black people, we have always been among them in their eyes, that has fucked me in the head … Why do certain people from other races want us among them?"
In another post, the filthy star added, "This is what they fear that one day black people will be in control … so they do everything they can to ensure that this doesn't happen."
In a post on his personal Facebook, Wiley claimed that "certain people" viewed black people in society as "among them"
Wiley also aimed at Priti Patel during his two-day chatter after the Home Secretary described his anti-Semitic posts as "hideous."
He also mentioned BBC Radio 5 presenter Emma Barnett and Jewish comedian David Baddiel and urged them both to "come and talk to my face" after talking about his previous comments.
Barnett, whose Jewish grandmother had escaped the Nazis in Austria, yesterday condemned Wiley's series of anti-Semitic posts on social media as "deeply discouraging" and added: "These words burn".
A Facebook spokesman said: "There is no place for hate speech on Facebook and Instagram, and we don't want it on our platforms.
"After initially placing Wiley's accounts in a seven-day block, we have now removed both his Facebook and Instagram accounts for repeated policy violations."