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Okay, people. We’ve only been moved to use the header Not Okay when something comes across our desk(top) that is so singularly, strikingly wrong that it needs to be addressed straight on (and that only once, really). But the internet is large the fuckery goes deep and there is only so much time in a day, so when 12 or 13 things come across your desk(top) that scream ‘Not Okay’ on the very same day–its time to throw SEO to the wind and have a roundup at the Not Okay corral:

- Danny Brown Gets Head On Stage: Over the weekend notoriously x-rated rapper Danny Brown apparently received oral attentions from a female fan in the front row mid-rap at a Minnesota concert, who pulled his pants down without permission. A blurry video appeared online, some questionable “firsthand” testimonials surfaced on Reddit (damn, between this and mis-identifying the Boston Marathon bomber, Reddit is like the new CNN and shit) but the entire incident only became real when Kendrick Lamar tweeted about it (and Danny replied):

Kendrick Lamar tweets at Danny Brown about getting head onstage

 

Feel free to place your vote of Okay or #NotOkay now, but maybe not before reading:

- Kitty Pryde Gets Mad About Danny Brown’s Oral “Thing”: Today in an entertaining and thoughtful but also somewhat disturbing Noisey editorial, Danny’s tourmate Kitty Pryde got mad about the whole thing in a rather unexpected way:

“‘The Thing’ was not a thing that Danny facilitated—it was an actual sexual assault, and somehow nobody gives a fuck about that but me.”

Which seems ludicrous on the face of it, but raises some interesting points about our expectations and the way we read things (or play things off–gentlemen, I’m looking at you) differently based on gender and race. Along the way she says some smart things and some crazy things and also gives a hilarious glimpse into what being Danny Brown’s tourmate is actually like:

“Gropers…take everything Danny raps about 100% literally, and assume that before the show we’re all backstage licking molly off each other’s buttholes. They often wear tube tops, even in Michigan where it was cold as fuck. Sometimes they come back to our hotel with us, and I’ve even parked their cars for them when they’re too drunk to drive. “

-Tyler, The Creator’s Ad Pulled By Mountain Dew For Being Racist: The infamous “Felicia The Goat” Mountain Dew spot created by Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator was called out in a scathing editorial on YourBlackWorld for its heavy-handed use of racial stereotypes, specifically “ratchety negroes” (<–YBW’s words, NOT MINE) who are assembled in a police line-up with said goat, voice-acted by Tyler himself. The editorial directly resulted in Mountain Dew pulling the ad. Now there’s no disputing that this ad is offensive and makes blatant use of racial stereotypes-but whether it reinforces them or spoofing through extreme exaggeration the way the very same messages are conveyed by cop dramas and other less-controversial media is a worthy subject of debate (watch above to get it from the goat’s mouth, so to speak). YBW also notes that Mountain Dew is under pressure for its sponsorship of Lil Wayne and his refusal to apologize for comparing his sex-partner’s vaginal parts to the face of murdered civil rights activist Emmett Till. Which brings us to:

-Lil Wayne Apologizes For His Offensive Emmett Till Bars: After standing firm for a minute Lil Wayne eventually caved to pressure, officially apologizing to the family of murdered civil rights activist Emmett Till for the line: “beat the p**sy up like Emmett Till” on Future’s song “Karate Chop.” From the outside at least, coming as it does within hours of Mountain Dew dropping Tyler’s ad spot, this appears to be a move from the Rick Ross playbook, standing on free speech and wordplay right up until the moment the corporate money gets fucked up (at least Lil Wayne’s apology is not completely after the fact). On the other hand it feels wrong to beat up on Wayne the same day he goes back in to the hospital with purp-related seizures. And as tempting as it to speculate that he wanted to get his conscience clean because he knew his health was shaky–or even cracked under the stress of the situation–the only human thing seems to be to wish Wayne a speedy recovery so that he can live to spit another day. Read the full text of his open letter below:

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. 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 to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

Comments

  • November

    This is not a letter of apology. This is an acknowledgement that he has offended the family and what his future actions (or the restrictions of his future actions/lyrics) will be in regards to the Till name. Not once does he write, “I am sorry/or I apologize” for offending your and disrespecting the name and memory of your family/Emmett Till. Now I see why the family has not accepted this letter as an apology. It’s bogus.

  • November

    OK…one more comment. Just watched the Mountain Dew ad. What?! Mountain Dew on their own didn’t realize this ad was unacceptable?!?!?!? 1) Only black men in the line up 2) a white woman was assaulted by black men & an animal 3) a goat in the line up which insinuates the goat can’t be distinguished from the black men = the black men are animals 4) a woman was assaulted 5) again, a woman was brutally assaulted 6) an abused woman in being threatened! 7) the simple fact that MD spent mad $ on this ad shows their disregard for the consumer intelligence 8) MD causes cavities and I wouldn’t buy their product if Jesus was selling it.

    • MeenGene

      your pretty stupid.

      1. Tyler used his friends that were around to shoot the video, there was no racial conspiracy going on. Is it his fault he only had his black friends around? I find that more racist than anything.

      2. all 3 ads built up to the last ad. if you saw the first ad you would know why she was beat up int he first place

      3. a lineup doesn’t just have who they think did the crime, theres always a bunch of other people recently picked up in the lineup as well. This distinguishes whether the person really knows what they are talking about.

      4I don’t think Mountain dew spent much money on this., honestly

  • Peace to the Dew

    I applaud Mountain Dew for giving these artists creative license to do as they’d like. I think it’s incredibly cool that they let the people they endorse do as they’d like. That being said, it’s up to the artists to act in a responsible manner, or a manner that is in their best interest as not to get dropped.

  • Edward Holland

    LMAO sponsor an artist who talks constantly about murder, drug and alcohol use and crack sales, but drop him when he compares a guys face to a vagina…

    Really? That’s where your line is mountain dew? How many fat fucks gotta die from illnesses directly related to your nasty ass product before you pull that?

    • Jason Kone

      well said, really

  • Aryeh Bernstein

    What I find most outrageous is that Lil Bitty Wayne’s offense is primarily seen as being to the memory of Emmitt Till. I agree that that was very tasteless, but the real offense and violence is to women! His way of expressing sexual prowess is to do violence to a woman — to murder her vagina in cold blood, as it were. By apologizing only to the family of Emmitt Till, he’s in a way even strengthening the rape sentiment: ‘It’s obvious that a vagina in a sexual encounter is abused; I erred in cheapening the tragedy of Emmitt Till by comparing it to this funny and acceptable kind of abuse and violence.’ That’s what he’s saying and I think it’s appalling that the media and fan critics have totally let him off the hook for that.

    • http://twitter.com/ahbseenkwestion IG: ahbseenkwestion

      A boy was murdered. His name and circumstance was used distastefully to describe sex. Can he get his respect?

    • Brie

      Aryeh was not saying that the Emmit Till comment was any less disrespectful he/she was simply saying that referencing sexual intercourse in such a way is equaling disrespectful and people should be appalled by both infractions.

    • Jason Kone

      the real tragedy here is just how ready everyone is to get publicly offended in the age of connectivity. people say stupid and offensive things, but it’s just getting out of hand

  • Juba Zaki

    I personally don’t feel that Lil Wayne owes anybody an apology for referencing Emmett Till. It’s not hard to see the point Wayne was making through his reference. Emmitt Till was severely beaten and as I write this I’m able to see the effects of that beating in my minds eye. I wonder how many people who heard this particular line knew who Mr. Till was prior to. Yes, I’m suggesting that for some, Wayne’s name drop was indeed educational and perhaps enlightening.

    Why must offense be taken and legal action threatened for every word a rapper/artist says?

    • Tyler Teacup McLean

      1. I did and when discussing when it was a trending topic, most people (not just blacks) knew about the history as well (besides nowadays we have google) 2. just because people don’t know doesn’t make it acceptable, you jackass, it’s completely disrespectful. 3. enlightening, you need to stop being such a dick rider and just accept the fact that he made a mistake and had to own up for it.

    • Jason Kone

      Tyler you need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid