Rapper Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) has finally issued a public apology to the family of slain teenager Emmett Till.
Wayne caused controversy earlier this year when he appeared on the remix of Atlanta artist Future’s unreleased single ’Karate Chop’ and rapped the line, “beat the p*ssy up like Emmett Till.”
Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955, after he reportedly whistled and flirted with Carolyn Bryant, a 21 year old Caucasian woman.
Till’s family demanded an apology after hearing the vile lyrics but were ignored. That is until several days ago when it was announced that they planned on pursuing Wayne’s sponsors, namely Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo. Click here to read all about it.
The thought of losing a major endorsement deal must have shaken the little cretin to his very core because today he issued this apology:
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.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Well folks… look what happens when you threaten a reprobate rapper’s livelihood. I think we all know that this apology was written by a publicist, but I am glad the Till family succeeded in backing Wayne in to a corner and have finally received the apology that they should have received back in February.
Rest In Peace Emmett Till.
Former footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse received an apology live on television this morning from a Twitter troll.
James O’Brien had been sending a series of abusive tweets for up to eight months to the boxer, but had to apologise after Woodhouse eventually snapped, tracked down O’Brien’s address details via his Twitter followers and drove to the troll’s home to discuss matters further. The final straw came when O’Brien called Woodhouse a “disgrace” after he lost his English light-welterweight title last week.
Woodhouse drove from Hull to Sheffield and tweeted a photograph of Mr O’Brien’s street, saying
“Right Jimbob Im here !!!!! someone tell me what number he lives at, or do I have to knock on every door. It’s showtime.”
A now terrified O’Brien (@jimmyob88) then tweeted,
“I am sorry it’s getting a bit out of hand. I am in the wrong. I accept that.”
On this morning’s Daybreak Woodhouse said:
‘If you are in the public eye, I don’t think it’s right that you should be abused, your family should be abused, your children should be abused, I don’t think anyone has got the right to do that.
‘I was sat on the sofa with the wife on Monday and the thing is she sometimes uses my account as well and she’s seen this abuse and it worries and scares her.
‘We don’t know who this guy is and some of his threats, I don’t know if he’s being serious or not. I could see that she was worried and I thought enough is enough, I am going to put a stop to this right now.’
You could have knocked me down with a feather this morning when Daybreak presenter Aled Jones announced that O’Brien was in the studio and then he appeared on screen shame faced and clearly bricking it. I watched through my fingers as he sat down on the sofa beside Woodhouse and then went on to apologise to him.
Hahahaha – O’Brien won’t forget this lesson in a hurry.
Well done Curtis!
I laughed out loud on the train when I read this story this morning. How did ITV News manage to get this oh so wrong??? What a mess.
Via The Telegraph
ITV News has apologised after it used the word “coloured” in a report on racism in football.
The offensive term was used during a report by ITV News reporter Richard Pallot on the racism in football summit at Downing Street on Wednesday.
ITV News apologised shortly after the broadcast on its Twitter page and the word has been removed from all future catchup editions of the broadcast, including an edited clip on the ITV News website.
The ITN-produced programme is now investigating how the pre-recorded report that included the word was allowed to be broadcast.
An ITV News spokesman said: “ITV News apologises for the inappropriate use of the word ‘coloured’ in a report on racism and football in today’s News at 1.30pm. We take this error very seriously and we regret any offence caused.”
LOL @ Prime Minister David Cameron holding a summit on racism in football. I wonder if we will see some changes thanks to this summit.
And look at former footballer John Barnes sitting front and centre next to Cameron. Oh so NOW you want to speak out publicly against racism in football John??? Whatever. I have a long memory. I will always remember him standing up and publicly defending former football manager/TV pundit Ron Atkinson after he called footballer Marcel Desailly a “f**king lazy thick nigger”.
Sit down John!
Via BBC News
Record label Sony has apologised for increasing the price of two Whitney Houston albums hours after her death on Saturday.
The wholesale cost of the two LPs – Houston’s Ultimate Collection and Greatest Hits – went up by around £3 each, causing an automatic price increase on iTunes.
In a statement, Sony said the albums had been “mistakenly mispriced”.
It added the error was “immediately corrected” once it had been discovered.
Houston fans had taken to Twitter describing the price hike as “greedy” and “shameful”.
Record label bosses have always been nothing but greedy scum and always will be. They hiked up those prices just hours after Whitney’s tragic death thinking no one would notice but it backfired on them big time.
I bet they celebrate and rub their hands together with glee once news comes through that one of their acts has died. To them an artist is worth a lot more deceased.
Rest In Peace Whitney Houston.
UK NEWS: POLICE SAY “SORRY” TO MOTHER WHO THEY WRONGLY ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING AN OFFICER
This is just sickening.
The Met has been forced to make an extraordinary public apology to a mother wrongly arrested and accused of assaulting an officer as bailiffs attempted to clamp her husband’s car.
Detective sergeant Nick Westwood made the “humbling” apology to Alison Richardson in front of scores of her fellow churchgoers over the “upset and distress” caused when she was arrested in 2008.
Mrs Richardson was taken into custody by as many as eight officers after she and her church elder husband Clive called them because bailiffs were wrongly attempting to clamp their car.
When police arrived at the family home in Greenwich, they unlawfully barged their way into the property, roughly handled the couple and arrested Mrs Richardson.
A woman officer subsequently claimed that she had been punched in the face by Mrs Richardson. Mrs Richardson was held in a police station for eight hours, then later taken to court and sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
But she appealed against the sentence and after serving 90 hours of her community service was completely exonerated by a judge.
She said: “I felt that the apology was humble and genuine. The apology was necessary because of the humiliation, disgrace and embarrassment that I experienced when I was arrested, charged, tried and convicted of assaulting a police officer, a false allegation of a crime that I had clearly not committed.
“The public apology helps to heal the wounds and also to close this traumatic chapter, so that I can move forward with my family and get on with my life.”
After her conviction Mrs Richardson lost her criminal records bureau accreditation and had to step down from her role in her local Greenwich Seventh-day Adventist church office. Continue Reading….
Where is the “apology” from the police woman who lied and said Mrs Richardson had assaulted her? Why hasn’t the lying dog been named, shamed and punished?
The Richardson’s should demand compensation for all the stress caused.
Check out the public apology (damage control) below.
This past weekend P Diddy was filmed at a BET Hip Hop Awards after party verbally abusing a club patron for drinking alcoholic beverage Grey Goose. You see Diddy took offence to the fact that the man wasn’t drinking his brand of poison Ciroc. Diddy (a big old man in his forties) then felt he had the right to throw a drink over the man and then kept calling him a “bitch ass nigga” before rapper T.I stepped in and calmed the situation down. Click HERE to watch the embarrassing footage.
Earlier this morning a shamed Diddy jumped on Twitter to plead forgiveness.
I'm a child God and I should be better no matter what somone says to me. I'm sorry for the ignorant way I repesented myself and us.—
(@iamdiddy) October 04, 2011
To all my childen of God … I have backslid and regressed. Forgive me for my ignorance. Pray for me pls. I know better and I am better.—
(@iamdiddy) October 04, 2011
I have a responibility that I promise I will live up to. And I'm more dissapointed in myself than you know. I will humble myself and learn.—
(@iamdiddy) October 04, 2011
bottom line is I'm sorry to all! Pls find it in your heart to accept my apology. I will do better and be Greater And a source of positivity!—
(@iamdiddy) October 04, 2011
Thank yall for listening. Thank you. Real talk. Peace.—
(@iamdiddy) October 04, 2011
One of these days he is going to kick off at the wrong person and this time his security won’t be able to save/protect his backside.
My main problem with Sean Combs aka Diddy is that he always does this. On one occasion years ago he attacked businessman/mogul Steve Stoute (who used to be rapper Nas’ manager) with a champagne bottle over the video for Hate Me Now, but he couldn’t just face Steve one on one NO! He had to bring his big burly security staff with him. The coward. Then after the incident sniveled for forgiveness and had the nerve to bring God in to his foolishness.
He should be apologising to the man he publicly humiliated over the weekend not seeking forgiveness and pity via Twitter from ’his public’.
What gives Sean Combs the right to tell people what they should and should not drink?? As my old Jamaican dad would say “It’s feisty im feisty”.
The man is a bully and an idiot.
The BBC has apologised to Darcus Howe after newsreader Fiona Armstrong accused him of taking parts in riots, during a live interview on Monday.
Watch the interview below.
Via The Telegraph
The BBC said Armstrong had not intended to show Howe any disrespect and the questions were intended to gauge his reaction to the events.
News Channel editors acknowledged it had been a ”poorly-phrased question” but said this sometimes happened during live interviews and the incident was compounded by technical issues which meant the pair talked over each other.
The BBC said: ”We’d like to apologise for any offence that this interview has caused.” Continue Reading….
I am glad they issued an apology because Fiona was out of order.
Don’t mess with South London girl Naomi! She will drag you and your whole crew through the courts.
The advert for Cadbury’s Bliss range of Dairy Milk chocolate bars used the strapline “Move over Naomi, there’s a new diva in town”.
Campbell said she was “shocked” by the ad, intended as a tongue-in-cheek play on Campbell’s reputation for diva-style tantrums and behaviour.
“It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me but for all black women and black people,” she said. “I do not find any humour in this. It is insulting and hurtful.”
“This is the 21st century, not the 1950s,” she added. “Shame on Cadbury.”
The ad was one of 15 developed by Fallon, the agency behind Cadbury’s famous drumming gorilla TV campaign.
Cadbury, now part of the Kraft empire, pulled the ads and initially issued a statement saying it was “never our intention to cause offence” and it had positioned the campaign as a “light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss”. Continue Reading….
Yet another major ad campaign FAIL!
South Africa is hosting the biggest show on earth (The World Cup) and now here come the jokes….
Via The Guardian
TV/radio personality Chris Evans has apologised for posting a joke about poverty in Africa and the World Cup on Twitter.
Evans retweeted a joke about African football fans and the noisy horns known as vuvuzelas that had been circulating on the micro-blogging site.
“Apologies for last retweet didn’t read it properly,” he said. “Never meant to offend. Not funny at all.”
The 44-year-old Evans, who has more than 84,000 followers on Twitter, said:
“You give an African £2 a month and what do they do? Buy a bloody trumpet.”
The comment sparked criticism from some of his followers, with one calling it a “bit Bernard Manning”. Another wrote: “Chris Evans is a backward racist. I used to like this fool. Let’s make jokes about gingers and see how he likes it!”
Evans soon removed the tweet and apologised, claiming he had not read the joke properly before retweeting it to his followers.
Chris you know you laughed out loud after reading that joke that’s why you retweeted it to your followers.
Claiming that you had not read it properly…. now that’s funny!!!
ha ha ha!
Singer John Mayer has apologised via Twitter for his disastrous Playboy interview and for uttering the word “nigger”.
“Using the ‘N word’ in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it’s such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there’s no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged. And while I’m using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it’s time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews. It started as an attempt to not let the waves of criticism get to me, but it’s gotten out of hand and I’ve created somewhat of a monster. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don’t have the stomach for it. Again, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again.”
The man is so far up his own backside! He deserves to be brought down a peg or two.
All I can do is laugh. His comment about black people loving him and his remarks about what being black means still tickles me.
The Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z aka J-Hova aka Hov aka Lucifer co-sign, really went to old Johnny Boy’s head!
Ha ha ha!