The Skeptical Cynic: Why Apologize When You Really Don’t Mean It? Or, I Wasn’t Thinking About My Paper When I was in the Studio!
So, another rapper down! It’s been reported that Pepsico finally pulled the plug on its endorsement of Lil Wayne. This comes right after Reebok dropped Rick Ross after a lyrical blunder by the rotund rapper.
The controversy started with lyrics that Wayne Carter aka Lil Wayne said in his verse on a remix of Future’s song ‘Karate Chop’, in reference to Weezy beating the, let’s say vagina, like Emmit Till. Now, for the few of you who don’t have a clue as to who Emmit Till is, he was a black boy, aged 14, beaten to death by ignorant whites in 1955, simply for flirting with a white woman in Mississippi. So, you can understand the sensitive nature of the controversy.
We also have 37 year old ‘Rick Ross’, who basically stated in his lyrics that he would ‘take advantage’ of a young lady by simply adding a drug to her beverage, which, in legal and moral terms, would constitute ‘date rape’. This was a 2 line lyric from a song he was featured on named ‘U.O.E.N.O. by Rocko.
So, because of these lyrics, both rappers have lost substantial paydays based on the ignorance of the words recorded in a song. Read more…
By BIG CED
So, for most who know me, I am an eternal skeptic and I can be quite cynical, so why not start a new column?
With the recent news of NBA journeyman, Jason Collins, admitting that he is a gay, black man, I am wondering if this is him just being honest and being more comfortable with himself or is it an attempt to cash in on being the first openly gay athlete in a major sport? As some already know, Jason Collins is a free agent, nearing the end of his career (If it isn’t already over), so, who knows if he is in line to sign another contract for an NBA team. Now, I am not saying that without this news, he would not be playing for an NBA team next season, but, the skeptic in me questions the timing of the revelation. The cynic in me is asking if this would be a great way to get endorsements from companies who may not have even known about him. Read more…