Lil Wayne has APOLOGIZED to the family of Emmett Till … saying he’s sorry their feelings were hurt when he compared the brutal killing of the civil rights icon.
For those who don’t know Emmit Till, his funeral and murder trial were early flash points in the civil rights movement. It was back in 1955 Till was just 14 years old when he was beaten beyond recognition, shot and dumped in a river … after being accused of flirting with a white woman in Mississippi.
Now Lil Wayne came under fire for his lyrics in one of his songs (“Karate Chop”) referencing Till and the incident in which he said, “Pop a lot of pain pills, ’bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels … beat that p***y up like Emmett Till.”
Of Course the verse outraged the Till family according to TMZ, “they claimed the lyric “infected the Internet” and demanded Wayne apologize and he has done so.
Wezzy sent a letter to the family however, according to reports the family dose not view the letter as such. a rep for the Till family tells TMZ,” … in fact, it fell way short …” Nowhere in the letter did Wayne say he was sorry for what he did…they go on to say… “While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned.”
While it appears as if Wayne did “acknowledge” the hurt he caused the family when he compared Emmett’s violent death with the violent way he has sex with women. The Till family could not identify the formal apology in the letter..Wayne does say, “As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure.”…He also acknowledged his support in the Epic Records‘ decision to remove the song from the web … and that he’ll never rap about Till again….Click here to read full letter fired off a letter to the Tills.
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