Paste Magazine – Epic Records, Lil Wayne’s label, is going through “great efforts” to have the song pulled, and referred to the track as an “unauthorized version” in a statement.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement from Epic said. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. … we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”
As HotSpotATL points out, the family of slain civil rights icon Emmett Till is petitioning to have a Lil Wayne song removed from the radio due to its offensive lyrics.
The song in question is Future’s remix of Lil Wayne’s “Karate Chop.” During one verse, Lil Wayne raps, “I pop a lot of pain pills / beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.”
Till-a 14-year old African American boy who was tortured and murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman—played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.
On the Facebook page for the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Fund (a fund named in honor of Till’s mother), Till’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor posted a message condemning Lil Wayne’s lyrics, calling them “misogynist” and “promoting domestic abuse of women in the name of Black People.”
The message urges people to call Clear Channel and demand the removal of the song.
I know it sucks that this guy was murdered for simply whistling at a white woman- thats at least all I know, but the fact that this family is petitioning the record label to remove it is outrageous. If they removed everything that was hurtful, there’d be no rap music. Rappers are constantly using historical comparisons for their music. Some funny, some hurtful. Plus, this guy was murder 67-years ago. And its not like he was President of the United States and Wayne is slandering him. He simply said, “beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.” He’s not slandering Emmett Till, he’s saying he beats pussy (vagina) up like Emmett Till, since Emmett Till was beat. Yeah, its a strong reference, but its freedom of speech. You can’t expect everyone to use it to speak positively about people, and you can’t go around suing and demanding things get pulled when things are said that you don’t agree with. If that were the case we’d all be clones of one another and there’d be no freedom of speech. Everyone wants a democracy, but then there’s an outcry when democracy is used. Its either a democracy or a dictatorship/tyranny. Stop trying to have your cake and eat it too. If you don’t like what is said stop giving it your time of day. Pay no mind to it, and move on with your life. Its really that easy.
The fact that Epic Records is going to pull the song just proves how low we’ve come as a whole. Everyone’s too afraid to upset someone so rather then fight for what they believe in or put out, they turn around and agree and go with the flow. Everyone is a sellout nowadays. Its one of the biggest things that bother be about today’s society. Its why we have so many lawsuits and get rich quick schemes from people who claim to have been ‘hurt’ by a certain act or statement. I always thought World Peace was too impossible to hope for in life, but the older I get the more I’m realizing that common sense, security in one’s self and being apathetic are even more impossible.
PS, Quick quesiton, how is Weezy a misogynist who is ‘promoting domestic abuse of women in the name of Black People’ with his latest lyric? Wasn’t the individual who got beat to death a dude? This is what I’m talking about. Turning one subject into another. And if this chick who said this was smart, she’d realize that when Wayne says, ‘beat the pussy up like Emmett Till,‘ he’s talking about having sex, not literally beating someone up. Most people don’t want to put thought into their arguments though. They just bash to bash.