On May 14 grime MC sat down with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. They talked about the reasons many British young people don't vote and what can be done to address that issue. Clips from the meeting were shared on Corbyn's Snapchat and JME later tweeted instructions to his followers about registering to vote ahead of the U.K. general election in June.
Two days later, May 16, right-wing newspaper the Daily Mail ran a piece in which tweets from JME's account dating back to 2010 were dragged up in an attempt to tarnish both his name, and Corbyn by association. JME's historic tweets included "bomb the White House" and "fuck the Queen."
The piece also cited misogynistic messages suggesting rape had been "renamed" to ''surprise sex" and an offensive RT about Jewish people being tight with money. A spokesman for Corbyn told the Mail that the Labour leader condemns racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny.
Since the piece about JME was published, the MC has defended himself on Twitter. He posted a screenshot of the full timeline from which his 2012 comments about the White House and the Queen were taken. They were part of a wider conversation about Twitter and examples of the things someone with freedom of speech can theoretically say. He also credited the rape joke to British comedian Jimmy Carr but claimed he did not see what was offensive about the Jewish joke.
See JME's full response via the tweets below.
Thanks everyone for having my back, but stop now don't worry, I'm not a celebrity, I haven't got a pop career to smear, or a boss to sack me— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
You know we don't care about the media, that's the whole reason why some of the tweets were even tweeted. For this exact moment. pic.twitter.com/GllHvldne7— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
I haven't got like a podium with 8 mics with different coloured foam pop stoppers and cameras flashing. But in case anybody cares…— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
The print screened tweets earlier speak for themselves.— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
The surprise sex rapey tweet was a Jimmy Carr punchline quote.— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
The retweet, was a series of "sweating more than" hashtags, which played on Jewish being rich. I still don't get the anti semite part??? pic.twitter.com/pEGtzWQyKT— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
I'm not a celebrity, or an antisemite, or a rapper.— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
I know you already know, but just in case.
Back to the task at hand.
Register to vote.
And please stop sending hate to the writer or paper themselves.— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 17, 2017
They have a job to do, don't hate them.
The FADER has reached out to JME for comment.