It seems like Rev. Al Sharpton just can’t catch a break. While the reverend is defending his right to date a woman who is 23 years his junior, his former associate comes forward and blasts Sharpton’s new book deal with Cash Money, a company he’s rivaled with not only once, but twice, reports HotNewHipHop.com
As MN has recently reported, Rev. Sharpton signed a deal with Cash Money’s publishing division to release a memoir titled, The Rejected Stone. The book will “track Sharpton’s personal evolution from a New York street activist to political and spokesperson for civil rights,” says AllHipHop.com. But a former employee, Carl Redding, is baffled as to why Sharpton chose Cash Money for the deal—a company that supports artists that contradict Rev. Sharpton’s social justice efforts.
In a letter to Al Sharpton, Redding wrote:
I recently read that you had penned a book deal with Cash Money, the very company that touts Lil Wayne as one its most recognized artists. Though I wish I could say that I was surprised by this move, I am not. As one who has spent years publicly crusading against the harmful effect of misogynistic lyrics on our young people, it’s clear that your decision to cut a lucrative financial deal with those who propagate such destructive images in our community, is the latest example of your failed leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King, who you claim to emulate, is doing somersaults in his grave.
Redding implored Sharpton to pull back on the book deal and give back the “blood money” he received from Cash Money. “I believe in my heart of heart that the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would not have traded 30 pieces of silver to the likes of the Lil Waynes in our world today…,” added Redding.
Sharpton was very vocal about his disdain for Cash Money’s notorious artist, Lil Wayne. “Sharpton harshly criticized Wayne’s excessive use of the ‘b word’ and ‘n word’ in his music,” MN added. Wayne brushed off the criticisms and called Sharpton “another Don King–with a perm.” And most recently, Wayne’s crass use of Emmett Till in the lyrics of “Karate Chop (Remix)” pinched a nerve with Rev. Sharpton. Weezy ignored the family’s request for an apology. They went to PepsiCo, Wayne’s sponsor, and he was dropped. Lil Wayne eventually apologized, but that made no difference. Rev. Sharpton met with Pepsi Co and Till’s family for a “teaching moment” for Wayne and corporate America to “call for more sensitivity about what we say and do in our culture,” adds HotNewHipHop.com.
Despite all the bad blood between Sharpton and Cash Money, the Reverend will continue to work with Wayne’s record label to release The Reject Stone on October 8th. “Just because we disagree doesn’t mean we have to be disagreeable,” Sharpton said.
Redding, in the letter, said he once believed in Sharpton’s mission, but now he feels that since Sharpton has climbed the corporate ladder, he has “forgotten about the countless number of your supporters who stood by you when you were deemed as a racial pariah and agitator.”
Do you agree with Redding? Is Rev. Sharpton being hypocritcal?