The family of Emmett Till is calling for his removal from Mountain Dew’s endorsement deals. All this because of an offensive line in one of his tracks.
For those who didn’t know, Till was a 14-year-old African American teenager who was brutally murdered by white men while visiting his relatives in Mississippi in 1955.
Wayne has been targeted by the family over his verse on Future‘s “Karate Chop” remix. On the song, Weezy threatens to “Beat the p***y up like Emmett Till,” referencing the fatal attack on Till.
Wayne actually never apologized for the line, but Future’s label, Epic Records, did issue an apology and edited the song. However it still leaked and can be sporadically heard around the country.
Weezy subsequently issued a formal apology stating:
“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.”