The Family of Emmett Till wants to meet with Lil Wayne and PepsiCo after the APOLOGY went WRONG.
Airicka Gordon-Taylor, cousin of the late Emmett Till was “not impressed” by Lil Wayne’s apology for making mention of Emmett Till on Future’s song Karate Chop earlier this year. The family has requested a meeting with the rapper and representatives from PepsiCo to discuss their commercial partnership. The meeting organized by Al Sharpton will give all parties a chance to disucss the “vulgar” reference in relation to Lil Wayne’s representation of Mountain Dew owned by PepsiCo.
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Lil Wayne’s letter, appears on Young Money Entertainment letterhead.
“It was disappointing because there was no apology, it came more than 75 days after the song hit the Internet and it actually was leaked on the Internet before the family received it.”
Wayne’s representatives tell the family there was an attempt to hand deliver the letter.
“I think that he’s kind of been pressured or he’s been admonished to make a statement to the family because of the ongoing negative publicity and attention and the pressure we’ve put onto his endorsement with Mountain Dew,”
“I feel like it was an acknowledgment. He has finally, publicly acknowledged the ongoing outcry. It was not an apology. … However, I think it’s a start. I think the door is now open for us to have a sit-down, to have a dialogue.”
Emmett Till was the black teen from Chicago while visiting family in Mississippi in 1955 was violently lynched — allegedly for whistling at a white woman. He was beaten, had his eyes gouged out and was shot in the head before his assailants tied a cotton gin fan to his body with barbed wire and tossed it into the Tallahatchie River. Two white men, including the woman’s husband, were acquitted by an all-white jury. Till’s body was recovered and returned to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till, insisted on having an open casket at his funeral. The pictures of his battered body helped push civil rights into the cultural conversation.
Addressed “Dear Till Family,” appeared on the Internet this week:
“It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family,” Wayne writes. “As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent me via your attorneys.”
Wayne says moving forward he will not reference Till or the family in his music “especially in an inappropriate manner.” He tells the family he supports Epic’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the official version. He also says he has removed the song from his catalog and will not perform it live.
“I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy,” Wayne writes. He concludes, “my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.”
He signs the letter with his real name, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
Wayne’s publicist said Thursday night that there would be no immediate comment.
Wow!!!!!! Lil Wayne it would be a great gesture to meet with the family and apologize SINCERELY.
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Story via: Associated Press