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Mountain Dew Drops Lucrative Endorsement Deal With Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne dropped by Mountain DewPepsiCo’s Mountain Dew has decided to discontinue its relationship with Lil Wayne, TMZ reports. The lucrative endorsement deal, believed to be worth several millions, was Lil Wayne’s first major endorsement with a corporate brand. The company’s decision comes days after it decided to pull the plug on a controversial commercial created by rapper Tyler, the Creator after reputable scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins dubbed it to be “arguably the most racist commercial in history.”

The company decided to sever its ties with Lil Wayne following outcry from the Black community in March about his derogatory lyrics in rapper Future’s song titled “Karate Chop (Remix).” The rapper compared the brutal beating of Emmett Till to a sεxual act. Till’s family detested the lyrics and rallied to have the song pulled from rotation at radio stations. Future’s record label agreed to remove Lil Wayne’s verse from the song and apologized to the Till family. Lil Wayne refused to apologize until this week. Many believe he only apologized in fear of losing his endorsement deal. Till’s family vowed to challenge Mountain Dew on their decision to have the rapper represent the brand. Their wish came true on Friday.

PepsiCo said in a statement late Friday said that Wayne’s “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.” It declined to provide any further comment. A publicist for Lil Wayne, Sarah Cunningham, said in a statement that the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting. “That’s about all I can tell you at this time,” the statement from Wayne’s publicist said.

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10 comments

  1. Je me permet de vous feliciter, c est un regale de vous lire

  2. Je vous remercie beaucoup pour cette sublime source d info.

  3. Thank you Till family. Thank you Dr. Watkins. Thank everyone who had a role in getting this company to release Lil Wayne. Have you listened to his lyrics? I will not allow his garbage in my house, car, etc. L. Wayne is disgusting & making money from ignorance. I do not know why Floyd Mayweather had L. Wayne with him when he had his fight with Canelo Alvarez Saturday night. To me that was not a good move by Mayweather. I want L. Wayne/his “music” nowhere near me or my family. I have 4 sons-all doing well so far. I work hard to make sure they are influenced to be positive, responsible Black men. It is a full-time job. L. Wayne will get the message when it affects his $$$.

  4. Poor little wayne, look at the brother, a picture is a thousand words, money without a brain will cause you to make many foolish mistakes. Maybe one day he might retrieve himself from his self inflicted wounds.

  5. I will say it again. If you don’t respect yourself, how can you respect others. Anyone, and I do mean anyone African American,Hispanic,Asian,Indian or White that doesn’t learn from or respect the past is doomed to failure. We have got to stop supporting those who disrespect us whether it be with songs,movies or political statements.

  6. Thank you. And think you to all the folks who flooded Mountain Dew with there displeasure regarding lil Wayne’s blatantly disrespect to those who gave their lives so that we can live with dignity, but the fight is far from over

  7. Soda’s bad for anyone ‘s health. Please let’s focus on educating the public about soda and not these fools.

  8. Am I suppoosed to feel sorry for this little black gremlin?

    Let that be a lesson to these sellout self-hating negroid rappers.

    And PepsiCo can go way to hell. Glad I don’t drink that shit anymore.

  9. THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR LIL WAYNE DISRESPECTING HIS OWN PEOPLE FOR AN BUCK!HE WILL LEARN THE HARD WAY!CHARACTER COMES FIRST!

  10. CommonSense King

    Good. Now move along there is nothing else to see here.

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