Lily Allen says she feels ‘sad’ and calls out ‘big tech’ amid Wiley antisemitism row

Singer received some criticism on social media for failing to condemn Wiley's rants about the Jewish community 

Roisin O'Connor
Sunday 26 July 2020 09:17
Lily Allen says she's 'worried' about Wiley after string of antisemitic tweets

Lily Allen shared an Instagram story in which she said she feels “sad” seeing the row over Wiley’s antisemitic rants on social media.

The Metropolitan Police said yesterday (25 July) that they are investigating the posts from Wiley’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

He was also dropped by his management and has been temporarily suspended from Twitter over the comments, which included one tweet that compared the Jewish community to the Klu Klux Klan.

A number of prominent MPs and Wiley’s fellow musicians have spoken out to condemn his remarks.

In the Instagram video posted on Saturday 25 July, Allen sat in bed as she said she had seen Wiley’s tweets, and commented: “Oh dear.”

“I’m really worried about everyone just going for each other on the internet,” she said.

“We’re all being egged on by big data and big tech. It’s just really sad watching communities – that should be coming together and helping each other out – turn against each other.”

Allen received criticism from people on Twitter for appearing to express concern for Wiley, rather than condemning his antisemitic tirades against the Jewish community.

The Independent has contacted Allen’s representative for comment.

(An earlier version of this story reported that Allen appeared to have deleted her video. The video was removed automatically from Instagram after Allen's story expired.)

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