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LONDON — One Direction star Niall Horan, singer Lily Allen and pop band The 1975 were among hundreds of household names from the U.K.s music scene to unite against “all forms of racism” after a rappers anti-Semitic tirade.
Rita Ora, Lewis Capaldi and Little Mix were joined by major U.K. labels like Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music and a number of other big-name industry figures to endorse an open letter titled “#NoSilenceInMusic” on Saturday.
“Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division,” it added.
The letter was published after prominent British grime rapper Wiley was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after he posted a series of anti-Semitic and racist diatribes last week.
Wiley, whose real name Richard Cowie, compared Jews to the Ku Klux Klan and asserted that Jews systematically exploited Black artists in the music industry.
The posts prompted celebrities, politicians and other high-profile Brits to to join a 48-hour "walkout" from Twitter to protest what they said was an inadequate response to anti-Semitic tweets from a rapper.
They also reignited debate in the country about racism, which was brought into sharp focus following a series of protests after death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minnesota police officer. One, in June, saw the toppling of a slave trader statue.