A Florida sheriff has his panties in a bunch over an upcoming Florida Gulf Coast University concert featuring Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar.Â Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott sent a series of emails to university president Wilson G. Bradshaw criticizing him for allowing performers with â€œrancid profanity, violence, gender and racial insensitivityâ€ in their lyrics.
In one of his emails, he states, â€œI respect and like you more than you know, but I canâ€™t for the life of me begin to imagine why a black university president would sanction such vile content; especially so proximate to the golden anniversary of Dr. Kingâ€™s speech.â€
Jeez! Tell â€˜em why you mad! Donâ€™t get me wrong, I know Luda and Kendrick arenâ€™t exactly rated PG, but come on. As rappers go, theyâ€™re definitely on the lighter end of the â€œvile contentâ€ spectrumâ€”weâ€™re not talking Chief Keef here.
Scott cast a wide net with his gripes, emailing several staff members in the sheriffâ€™s office, the public safety director of the school and groups like the NAACP.
In one email, he cites George Zimmerman and Paula Deen in his argument against the rappers. Personally, I donâ€™t understand how someone who doesnâ€™t see the Trayvon Martin case as racial can fins such racial discrimination in â€œPoetic Justiceâ€ or â€œDirty Dancingâ€, but I digress.
For his part, Bradshaw basically says his hands are tied. â€œAs a university presidentâ€”black or whiteâ€”periodically there are expressed views related to students and faculty that the president doesnâ€™t personally or professionally sanction or share.â€
Lee Countyâ€™s NAACP chapter president James Muwakkil sided with the university saying, â€œFGCU, President Bradshaw and the student body have the right to choose the entertainers of their choice.
Â Baylor Johnson, head of the American Civil Liberties Union also questioned Scottâ€™s position on the concert.
Â â€œThis is a public school, so it therefore cannot favor one type of speech or another, or prohibit one type simply because it disagrees with the language in the lyrics.
Protect and serveâ€™ is not conditional. Law enforcement doesnâ€™t have the option to not do its job and keep the community safe because they donâ€™t like or agree with a particular expression at an event.â€
FGCU holds the concert, called Eaglepalooza, annually and this is the first time the sheriffâ€™s office has objected to the performances. Past acts have included Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, Flo Rida and LMFAO. Â Kendrick and Ludacris are decidedly less pop-y than most of the aforementioned acts, but that should have no bearing on the sheriffâ€™s decision.
The university is filing the permit this week for the concert slated for November 24th at Jet Blue Park.