Emmett Till's Family Doesn't Accept Lil Wayne's Apology for Derogatory Lyrics

May 02, 2013 02:48:00 GMT

The rap superstar issues a letter to the Tills after comparing Till's violent death to sex in his track 'Karate Chop', but the family says it falls short of an apology.

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It has been a month and a half now since Lil Wayne was first slammed by the family of Emmett Till for his derogatory lyrical reference to the slain civil rights hero in the track "Karate Chop". Now that the New Orleans rapper has finally acknowledged the hurt that he had caused the Tills by issuing a formal apology letter to them, the family says they are not satisfied with it.

"While it's commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to 'not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,' this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned," wrote Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and the Till Family Representative.

Weezy's apology letter may have been prompted by the Till family's plea to softdrink giant Mountain Dew to cut its endorsement deal with the Young Money mogul. "Don't do the Dew. Stop buying it, stop lining his pockets. People are outraged because they feel he should apologize to our family," the Tills appealed to the company.

The Cash Money Records boss' woes started when he likened sex to Till's beating back in 1955, an incident that spurred the U.S. civil rights movement, in the remix of rapper Future's "Future Presents F.B.G.: The Movie" track. Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid had apologized for the derogatory reference and promised to delete the offensive lyrics upon the release of the song's official version.


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posted by smh on May 03, 2013
A ROLE MODEL? hes a rapper that claims blood, raps about guns drugs and pussy. HOW THE FUCK IS HE A ROLE MODEL? lol #Yabish
posted by fags on May 03, 2013
Who cares. just dont listen to his music, problem solved.
posted by Whatever on May 03, 2013
Anyone listened to "through the wire" by Kanye? He also references Emmett Till. Why has no one attacked him?!
posted by Whatever on May 03, 2013
Anyone listened to "through the wire" by Kanye? He also references Emmett Till. Why did no one go after him?!
posted by H8tkneagrows on May 02, 2013
I hate white people
posted by Chicagodan on May 02, 2013
Its freedom of speech. You dont like it dont listen to it. Plain and simple.
posted by Youareamoron on May 02, 2013
Fuck you h8tkneagrows.... What does hating someone's skin color have anything to do with this Lil Wayne article? You are an ingnorant fuck! I bet your mother is proud of raising such a hate filled individual!
posted by Marcus on May 02, 2013
Hate white people? Do you even know anything about the till family, give you a hint they are african american. Emmett was a 14 year old boy who was beaten and murdered. So if feel the need to hate. Hate the two white men that killed the child.
posted by lawboy87 on May 02, 2013
Freedom of speech? Freedom of speech ONLY means that one is free of repercussions and punishment from the government. In no way does it mean that those who say reprehensible things are free from criticism from members of the public for their statements. Please, if you are going to try and invoke a Constitutional provision, at least have an understanding what its terms actually mean.
posted by win1lose1 on May 02, 2013
You hate white people, some people...... in his letter he didn't apologize boss up you are suppose to be a role model
posted by 33@me on May 02, 2013
You hate white people your racist you sound as ignorant as lol Wayne
posted by gpo on May 02, 2013're a dumass pos. How's that for freedom of speech???

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