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UK Rapper Accuses Glastonbury Founder Of Racism

Written by Greg Moskovitch on May 1, 2014

Influential British grime rapper Wiley, best known for his UK number-one Heatwave and for being a mentor to fellow British grime emcee Dizzee Rascal, has levelled accusations of racism at Glastonbury chief Michael Eavis, comparing him to disgraced US businessman Donald Sterling.

As Gigwise reports, the outspoken rapper has become something of a controversial figure on Twitter, previously tweeting that his former protege Dizzee was a “robot” and complaining of his obligations to numerous festivals, including Glastonbury. The artist reportedly live-tweeted his attempts to pull out of his slot and even called on founder Eavis to remove him from the festival.

In a cryptic and seemingly unprovoked series of Tweets, Wiley wrote, “Who wants to bet me that the Glastonbury boss has the same attitude as Donald sterling …Defo has.” Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team is currently embroiled in a scandal involving racist remarks.

“Don’t forget a charity is a business……sly one,” Wiley later added, which many assumed to be a reference to Michael Eavis’ commitment to splitting the profits made from each year’s Glastonbury event not spent on organising and booking artists for next year among several British charities.

“1 year they treated man like shit the following year man was number 1 and they tried to holla I told them to fuck off tho .End of story,” Wiley wrote. While the rapper kept his dispatches typically cryptic, many assumed that his remarks are a result of feeling mistreated by festival organisers in the past.

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