Following their controversial relationship with Lil Wayne, PepsiCo has decided to meet with Emmett Till’s family. This news comes according to Al Sharpton, who released a statement on the matter.
“I have been in conversations over the last several days with leadership at PepsiCo and the family of Emmett Till,” he said in the statement, released via National Action Network. “This has been a ‘teaching moment’ for Lil Wayne, corporate America and the family of Emmett Till yet more than a condemnation of any one artist, it is an affirmation of Emmett Till and a call for more sensitivity about what we say and do in our culture. National Action Network does not want it to end with artists losing contracts but rather with a sensitizing of corporate America so we can learn from these experiences and set a tone that will help everybody.”
The meeting is scheduled to take place today (May 8). Till’s family began voicing their displeasure with Mountain Dew/PepsiCo for endorsing Lil Wayne after the rapper attempted to make a punchline using Till’s death in a song, “Karate Chop (Remix).” Since then, Wayne has apologized to the family and was dropped by PepsiCo.
In 2008, Lil Wayne had a message for Al Sharpton. “You’re the type that gets off on gettin’ on other people,” he said. “I’d much rather you talk to me first and see if you can lend an opinion before you make one.” He continued, saying he does not respect Sharpton and added that he is “nobody” to him. “You see, you are no MLK. You are no Jesse Jackson. You are nobody, to me. You’re just another Don King with a perm, just a little more political. And that just means you’re a little unhuman than us humans. And now let me be human by saying fuck Al Sharpton and anyone like him.” The above quote comes from Lil Wayne’s “Misunderstood” off Tha Carter III.