Rapper Lil Wayne’s music is in heavy rotation on most urban radio stations in the US. His misogynistic lyrics are generally (not always) tolerated and celebrated.
But when he released a track last week with the artist Future that trivialized the violent killing of civil rights icon Emmett Till, the misogyny and disrespect sparked public outrage. Although L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic Records (Future’s label, not Wayne’s) has apologized and promised to remove the offensive content from the track, Lil Wayne has been silent. The family of Emmett Till is demanding an apology from the artist.
We believe Emmett Till’s family and the black community deserve more than an apology — from Lil Wayne and the corporations that back him.
We want answers and real action from Epic Records, Cash Money Records, Sony Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Clear Channel, Radio One, and Viacom — media corporations that consistently provide a platform for misogynistic and hateful messages about black and brown communities.
We encourage others to join us and talk back to these corporations. How? Here are some ideas:
Share or create your own memes. Express yourself in an Open Letter and post it to your blog. Talk about this with your friends, film it and upload it to youtube. Make a PSA. Create a remix or mashup that gets people thinking. Use satire to critique what you see. Organize a petition. Organize direct action. Do something totally creative and unexpected to get people talking about this. Support the media that is reflective of who we are as a diverse people.
Together, let us TALK BACK – through our words and actions- and be heard.
Collectively, we are strong. The question is — are we willing to act?