Rapper Lil Wayne has recently came under fire for his recent lyrics in the remix of the song “Karate Chop”. Wayne likened the murder of Emmett Till to rough sexual acts. Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a member of the Till family recently responded to the lyrics by demanding an official apology. According to Billboard.com, Epic CEO LA Reid apologized to Gorden-Taylor on the phone, joined with Rev. Jesse Jackson. However, Lil Wayne has yet to personally apologize.
The Huffington Post reports that Stevie Wonder stated, “Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about,” Wonder said. “Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song)writer.”
Emmett Till’s murder shook the nation, when he was brutally slaughtered and tortured in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. He was only 14 years old. This is not the first time Lil Wayne has been reprimanded for his offensive lyrics. He also came under fire in 2009 for the song “Whip it like a slave” in which he compared slavery whippings to whipping up drugs.
|Jessica Ann Mitchell
Black Bloggers Connect, Founder