Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UK: BBC star apologises for comment about "fat Jewish" music managers from north London

Via The Telegraph:
BBC star has apologised for saying how it is “great” that music artists are no longer managed by “some random fat Jewish guy from north west London” following accusations of anti-Semitism. 
Reggie Yates, a radio show host and presenter for the corporation, made the comments on a podcast earlier this month. 
Speaking about current music artists and how they differ from their predecessors, Yates comments: “The thing that makes it great about this new generation of artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. 
“They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren.” 
Yates then mentions the popular grime stars Wretch, Stormzy, Skepta as examples of people who “we’ve all known, that we’ve all come up with”. 
“So it’s amazing to see now the example isn’t get hot and then give all of your publishing to these idiots. Or go and give all of your rights to these dickheads over here," he adds. 
“It’s now get hot, bring the family in, keep the family close, and win with your people. That’s the example now in music.” 
Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said that Yates’ comments “evoke the ugly stereotype of Jews as untrustworthy and money-grabbing”.
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