Family Of Emmett Till Pleased With Mountain Dew's Decision To Drop Lil Wayne, Issues Statement.

 

Mountain Dew announced last week that they were parting ways with Lil Wayne over his controversial lyrics about Emmett Till.

 

PepsiCo, Mountain Dew's parent company said in a statement late Friday that Wayne's "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand."

Till's family is pleased with the company's decision. In the weeks leading up to it they had been hoping the soft drink giant would cut Wayne loose.



Over the weekend they issued a statement to AllHipHop.

Back in February, when I first heard the lyrics, I was in utter shock, disappointment and sadness.  Just as Mamie Till Mobley didn’t endure the pain of losing Emmett Till alone, many people have stood in solidarity with our family, even if it wasn’t the most popular stand to take," said Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director of Mamie Till Mobley Foundation. "The road less traveled is surely not the easiest but standing for your principles provides the endurance needed to fight for human and civil rights. This decision was monumental, we commend Mountain Dew for taking action towards better social responsibility, and now I finally feel that we can exhale and focus on our beloved Mamie Till Mobley’s charge. Let’s get on with the business of positive thinking and living."


This is beyond my expectations, I’m pleased that it happened and it shouldn’t waited for public outcry. Anything that belittles or degrades the memory of Emmett Till shouldn’t be in the public square,” said Simeon Wright, an eyewitness to Till's 1955 kidnapping. “Racism is still out there. Whatever you listen too, whatever you do, get an education. Don’t let this system destroy you."



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Comment by Rafer on May 7, 2013 at 12:48pm
look@ da face
Comment by Rafer on May 7, 2013 at 12:48pm
man how come the Kid look more adult, then the adult, lil gaye look like a bich
Comment by alexander on May 7, 2013 at 12:14pm
Absolutely. Drop his stupid a**! Wtf was this guy thinking? The photos of Emit Til's body should p*** people off enough to agree, that was a stupid verse!
Comment by Detroited on May 7, 2013 at 1:17am
i guess this the new thing, be famous and say something offensive and people try to kill your dough. i guess a public apology isn't enough.
Comment by Trend Saga on May 7, 2013 at 12:50am
Glad to see black people are allowed some dignity in this white world. This s*** don't really mean nothing to Mountain Dew/PepsiCo, they dropped Nikki for f****** with the comp, and Ludacris for his music. They turned they quick buck and kept it moving. Wayne on the other hand probably pissed and Emmett can go back to resting in peace.
Comment by Pace Brown on May 7, 2013 at 12:39am
I hope ya'll don't baleeve in freedom of speech cuz that s*** don't exist, I heard nothing from these ppl for years about emmit till until wayne got disrespectful, idk i can't call it
Comment by SPIN GANG on May 7, 2013 at 12:05am
@STARSCREAM --- HOW YOU DON'T THINK IT WAS THAT SERIOUS? YOU MUST BE 15 YEARS OLD AND DON'T CARE SHIIT ABOUT YOUR HISTORY IF YOU ARE BLACK AND IF NOT YOU MUST DON'T CARE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL EQUALITY AND RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY. DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAN OF ANYONE TO KNOW RIGHT AND WRONG. TILL WAS LIED ON AND BEAT,STABBED,SHOT, ETC YOU NAME IT THEY DID IT. SO THAT'S WHY IT'S THAT SERIOUS.
Comment by SFM SLIMM on May 6, 2013 at 10:57pm
Why not educate the younger crowd about Emmett till, why disrespect a dead man an his family. If I was Emmett till family ill sue Wayne for damaging Emmett till name an image.
Comment by SFM SLIMM on May 6, 2013 at 10:34pm
THIS N**** CALLED HIMSELF THE NEW PAC, BUT SINCE WHEN DID PAC EVER TALK DOWN ON HIS OWN RACE, WAYNE YOUR AND F****** DOPEHEAD. YOU LOST YOUR G-PASS WHEN U KISSED BABY MY N**** ONLY B**** N***** LISTEN TO YMCB4.
Comment by STARSCREAM on May 6, 2013 at 10:29pm
lol im not lil wayne stan or none that s***, but... I don't think this was that serious..but oooookay.



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