Wiley denies he's racist in new interview following "hateful" anti-semitic posts

Actor Seth Rogen ‘I don’t understand Israel at all

Seth Rogen Actor Seth Rogen ‘I don’t understand Israel at all

"I just want to apologize for generalizing and going outside of the people who I was talking to within the workspace and workplace I work in", Wiley told Sky News.

By way of a recent interview, the 41-year-old artist isn't necessarily backing down from his stances that members of the Jewish community within the music industry are pulling the strings and, in Wiley's view, responsible for systemic racism.

The same day that a photo of Kano was incorrectly used in an article about Wiley's comments, the Grime star has spoken out in his first interview and denied claims that he's racist. "She wants her Judaism to have some value to me, even though it doesn't, in any way, shape or form".

My comments should not have been directed to all Jews or Jewish people.

He had half a million followers before Twitter suspended him for seven days last Friday for a series of posts that compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking about his Jewish identity on WTF podcast, Rogen talked about attending a Jewish boys summer camp with Israeli counselors at a young age before saying that "Israel doesn't make sense to him", explaining that "a better strategy to preserve the Jewish identity should have been to send them to different parts of the world following the Holocaust, instead of sending them to only one place". "I'm a businessman. My thing should have stayed between me and my manager, I get that". "I think for Jewish people especially, who view themselves as progressive, and who view themselves as analytical, people who ask a lot of questions, and really challenge the status quo, like - what are we doing?"

The social media platform said in a statement: "Let us be clear: hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service and we strongly condemn antisemitism".

"As a black media outlet, we are here to give our people a voice", the statement said.

Facebook and Instagram banned Wiley from their platforms on Tuesday.

Rogen was on the show to discuss his upcoming film "An American Pickle", about a Jewish immigrant who falls into a Value-Added Tax of pickles in NY in 1919 and wakes up 100 years later. "Because if it wasn't, I would constantly be shocked at how much motherf-kers hate Jews", he went on to say.

YouTube said that it has already deleted one video on Wiley's channel due to violation of its hate speech policies and that it had temporarily suspended monetisation on his channel.

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