Stevie Wonder is speaking out against Lil Wayne’s controversial Emmett Till reference.
On a remix to Future’s song “Karate Chop,” Lil Wayne compared a rough sex act to the tortuous death of 14-year-old Till in Mississippi.
The offensive line:
Beat that pu$$y up like Emmett Till.
Stevie Wonder made his thoughts known on the situation during an interview Thursday.
“You can’t equate that to Emmett Till,” Wonder said. “You just cannot do that. … I think you got to have someone around you that — even if they are the same age or older — is wiser to say, ‘Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that.'”
Till’s family has asked the rapper for an apology, and Epic Records, Future’s label, said the official song will not feature the vulgar words and is employing “great efforts” to pull it down. They’ve since sent cease & desist letters to all websites asking them to remove the song promptly.
“Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about,” Wonder said. “Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song)writer.”
Very well said, Stevie.