This has got to be a first for court sentences. A Philadelphia judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to take etiquette classes to improve his social media interactions, The Huffington Post.
Late last week, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley informed the rapper that he must complete the classes before August 4 due to violation of his probation. Meek Mill is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He started five years of probation in the fall of 2009 after serving eight months in jail.
According to Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis, Meek’s Tweets and other social media posts that he pushed out on his pages led to threats to his probation officer from some of his fans. The rapper was also ordered to get approval from his probation officer before leaving the state. Taken together his activities online and off are being curbed because the judge thinks he needs to adjust his behavior.
“The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were ‘more important than any concerts he might have,’” reports HuffPo.
The judge might be on to something. It seems Meek is notorious for his crude Tweets. In fact, XXL recently compiled what it said were 25 of his most “ignorant” Tweets, including “If everything was all love it wouldn’t b no whores!”