Family Of Emmett Till Want Mountain Dew To Drop Lil Wayne Over Offensive Lyrics. Encourage Fans Not To Attend His Tour [Video]

 

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Lil Wayne could be the second major rapper to lose a lucrative endorsement deal if the family of Emmett Till has their way.

 

The trouble between Wayne and Till's family began when a leaked version of Future's song "Karate Chop" hit the net in February.

 

"Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till," Weezy raps in the song.

 

 

Till was brutally murdered in 1955 at the age of 14 in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman by the name of Carolyn Bryant. Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam took Till, who was visiting from Chicago, from his uncle's home to a barn where they beat him, gouged out his eyes and shot him in the head. They later tied him to a cotton gin fan and tossed his body into the Tallahatchie River. He was found three days later.

 

When his body was returned to Chicago, his mother insisted his casket be left open so the world could see the brutality of his murder.

 

Till's killing, and the subsequent acquittal of Bryant and Milam sparked outrage across the country and is widely viewed as a tipping for the civil rights movement.

 

Wayne's lyrics opened an old wound for Till's family. His cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, voiced her displeasure with Wayne and the lyrics in a February interview with Dr. Boyce Watkins.

 

When we first found out about it, it was a coincidence that I discovered it. And read what it said I was instantly thinking about how Emmett Till was murdered," Gordon-Taylor said. He was murdered for whistling at a white woman in 1955. So to compare his murder, and how brutally tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful. We found it dishonorable to his name, and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive, but not only to us, but our ancestors, and to women, and to themselves as young black men. I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to brutality and punishment of death,” she continued. "And I feel that they don’t have no pride and no dignity as black men. Our family was very, very offended. Very hurt, disturbed by it.“





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Epic Records, Future's label, reached out to the family. Chairman and CEO LA Reid personally apologized during a phone call and promised to pull the song and remove the offensive lyrics.

Wayne still has not issued an apology to the family. Now they are preparing to try to convince Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo, to drop the rapper according to AllHipHop. A similar outcry by UltraViolet resulted in Rick Ross losing his endorsement deal with Reebok.

Gordon-Taylor, Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, Simeon Wright and Pastor Wheeler Parker, Jr., who were witnesses to the Till tragedy, recently released a joint video expressing their disgust with the lyrics.



Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Simeon Wright and Pastor Wheeler Parker, Jr


"When I heard the Wayne lyrics on the song I was shocked. I was outraged that someone would use Emmett Till in the rapping genre to disrespect not only Emmett Till, but our black women," Wright said. "Whatever happened to respect? Whatever happened to common sense? If we continue down this road we're going to destroy ourselves."

Gordon-Taylor added that the family supports radio stations pulling the song and blocking Wayne's endorsements.

"Don't do the Dew. Stop buying it. Stop lining his pockets," Gordon-Taylor urged.



She also encouraged fans to attend Wayne's upcoming "America's Most Wanted" tour.


"Don't support that tour. Don't support it if he's going to do that type of song. And it's going to promote a negative image regarding the memory and the legacy of Emmett Till."






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Comment by FUCCOUTTAHURRDA1ULUV2HATE! on May 1, 2013 at 9:00pm
Drop dat ma fucca!
Comment by NetGuruINC on May 1, 2013 at 12:43pm
They need AL SHARPTON lol, if he gets involved its a wrap
Comment by NATE \m/ (-_-) \m/ on May 1, 2013 at 10:56am
This is 1 of or the only reason why lil wayne said SORRY ever since this came up it's been weeks with no action but since the family made this move lil wayne says SORRY I ain't falling 4 it YOU CAN
Comment by jon on April 29, 2013 at 6:45pm
white people dont care bout emmitt ... white people r the only peoiple attendin lil wayne concerts
Comment by marcus woods on April 29, 2013 at 6:31pm
my lawyer would swallow this family lawsuit and the dumb lawyer they hired people must understand your name isnt the only name out there go online look through the white pages. i wouldn't give a family anything
Comment by SFM SLIMM on April 29, 2013 at 2:18pm
You ppl r dumb rappers rap about selling drugs an murder because they witness it coming up as an youngster, was they alive when Emmett til was beaten to death no that's why it's a big problem. If anybody made fun of my dead ancestors its a problem i don't give a f*** who u r. U have to deal with me when u see me an trust me Im not a little dude or average guy I'm 6'6 an 270 ill beat the s*** out of lil Wayne, ymcmb an MMG the whole crew
Comment by fool on April 29, 2013 at 10:17am
he didnt create s*** those r facts that actually occurred u dumb a** f*****
Comment by fool on April 29, 2013 at 10:16am
to the brother who think talking about how we was treated in the 50's as creativity u stupid dumb and as gay lil wack.for thinking like that
Comment by BrooklynCarter on April 29, 2013 at 9:43am
YO THESE PPL NEED TO SIT THEY CRAB ASSES DOWN.HOW YOU WANNA F*** A N**** MONEY UP FOR A RAP THAT ONLY BROUGHT LIGHT TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBER?(SOME PPL WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN ABOUT EMMETT)......JUST LIKE SOME N****** (NOT N*****) BRING DOWN A MAN DOING BETTER THAN YOU.....LIKE WEZZY SAID "THEY THROW DIRT ON MY NAME GUESS THATS WHY THEY STILL DIG ME" LOL AND ALSO YOU "EMMETT.TIL-REJECTS" LIL WAYNE SAID THAT EMMETT TIL LINE IN LIKE 2008 ON THE SWIZZY REMIX "COME THRU BEATING UP YOUR BLOCK LIKE EMMEITT TIL"..HE RECYCLED IT BECAUSE IT WAS A HOT LINE SMH...LIKE COME ON YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON HIS EVERY WORD THEN YOU LATE...(THATS PROB WHY HE DONT TAKE YOU SERIOUS BECAUSE HE SAID IT BEFORE)..GO GET A LIFE AND HELP BLACK PPL NOT BRING THEM DOWN ALSO AINT THERE SOME S*** CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH YALL CORNY AND IT KILLS ME WHEN PPL SAY DIS WOMAN UM ISNT THEIR ARE GOOD WOMAN,HOES,B******, AND AINT THERE UPSTANDING MEN,BROKE N*****,PIMPS,ETC LIKE IF YOU RAP ABOUT F****** A HOE BECAUSE SHE PROB A HOE HOW IS THAT DISRESPECTFUL TO SPEAK ON LIFE......ART IMITATES LIFE DONT BE MAD WHEN A RAPPER OR MUSICIAN OR WHO EVER SAYS WHAT THEY WANT AINT THIS AMERICA
Comment by BrooklynCarter on April 29, 2013 at 9:43am
YO THESE PPL NEED TO SIT THEY CRAB ASSES DOWN.HOW YOU WANNA F*** A N**** MONEY UP FOR A RAP THAT ONLY BROUGHT LIGHT TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBER?(SOME PPL WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN ABOUT EMMETT)......JUST LIKE SOME N****** (NOT N*****) BRING DOWN A MAN DOING BETTER THAN YOU.....LIKE WEZZY SAID "THEY THROW DIRT ON MY NAME GUESS THATS WHY THEY STILL DIG ME" LOL AND ALSO YOU "EMMETT.TIL-REJECTS" LIL WAYNE SAID THAT EMMETT TIL LINE IN LIKE 2008 ON THE SWIZZY REMIX "COME THRU BEATING UP YOUR BLOCK LIKE EMMEITT TIL"..HE RECYCLED IT BECAUSE IT WAS A HOT LINE SMH...LIKE COME ON YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON HIS EVERY WORD THEN YOU LATE...(THATS PROB WHY HE DONT TAKE YOU SERIOUS BECAUSE HE SAID IT BEFORE)..GO GET A LIFE AND HELP BLACK PPL NOT BRING THEM DOWN ALSO AINT THERE SOME S*** CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH YALL CORNY AND IT KILLS ME WHEN PPL SAY DIS WOMAN UM ISNT THEIR ARE GOOD WOMAN,HOES,B******, AND AINT THERE UPSTANDING MEN,BROKE N*****,PIMPS,ETC LIKE IF YOU RAP ABOUT F****** A HOE BECAUSE SHE PROB A HOE HOW IS THAT DISRESPECTFUL TO SPEAK ON LIFE......ART IMITATES LIFE DONT BE MAD WHEN A RAPPER OR MUSICIAN OR WHO EVER SAYS WHAT THEY WANT AINT THIS AMERICA



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