Al Sharpton Announces Next Steps in War Against Offensive Music

At his National Action Network’s annual convention last week, Al Sharpton announced the next steps in his war on violence and misogyny in popular music. According to the New York Post, Sharpton revealed plans to purchase stock in companies such as the Universal Music Group and Time Warner, and then exercise his right to attend shareholder meetings and complain about lyrical content. “Some of these stockholders have no idea that they own stock in a parent company that owns companies calling them bitches and ho’s,” he said. Universal and the Warner Music Group are multinational conglomerates that own some of the most successful labels in hip-hop, including Def Jam and Atlantic Records. Sharpton also announced plans for a “decency march” to be held in midtown Manhattan next month that will target the offices of music companies such as Sony, Universal and Warner. Joining Sharpton’s call for reform is Congressman Charles Rangel, who pledged $15,000 dollars to the cause after Universal allegedly withdrew a donation after Sharpton launched the initiative. A spokesperson for Universal told the Post that the allegations were false. “It’s absolutely not true,” said the spokesman. “We didn’t ask for it back.”

  • irishwesty

    all the news lately regarding the VT shooter and the war against rap sounds like eminem is going to have a hell of a combacc huh?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    What an idiot.

  • mr pooh

    fuck al sharpton,we dont need no fake ass publicity hound black leader,mlk and x took on all atrocites not just the ones wit the big headlines,al go back to yo bm tawayna

  • Mr. Jones

    al sharpton is frickin ridiculous…hes trying to ruin rap

  • http://donnyslaughter.com Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    I don’t even think Sharpton listens to rap music, how does he think he can just snatch the freedoms given to us as Americans in the Constitution just cuz his Ambulance chasin’ ass wanna remain relevant, and should he do so will he attempt to go after these Heavy Metal groups that promotes Satanism, since he’s the Rev. I predict a huge protest should he come anywhere close to succeeding in his efforts, and if I gotta be tha one to protest dammit then so be it!!! Fuckin’ clown!!!

  • lol

    this dude is a clown and no one takes him seriously he does this just stay in that spotlight. We have bigger problems to deal with than this. Fuckin clown

  • lol

    this dude is a clown and no one takes him seriously he does this just stay in that spotlight. We have bigger problems to deal with than this. Fuckin clown

  • http://xxl bk

    FUCK HIM AND WHOEVER ELSE THINKS THEY CAN TELL ME WHAT TO SAY OR LISTEN TO…DUMMIES

  • 11kap

    This nigga’s a clown. I don’t mind him standing up for decency, but that declaring war on rap shit has to go. He needs to get his context together.

  • GHOST

    why this fat man fuckin wit hip hop,
    when there are africans starvin for bread.
    iM GONNA USE HIS DAUGHTERS MOUTH TO SHARPEN MY HEAD.
    AFTER I SPERM THAT…(RING) WAIT ITS THE 70S ON THE LINE.
    THEY WANT THEIR PERM BACK.
    YOU MUST BE ON MEDICATION. FUCK WHATS ON THE RADIO.
    ALL BROTHERS NEED IS EDUCATION AND FELATIO.
    THEN WE WILL HAVE UNITY. I CURSE WITH IMPUNITY.
    B CUZ I GOT NO OPPURTUNITY.
    GET A NI**A A JOB, IF YOU WANNA HELP.
    COME TO THE HOOD YOU WOULD GET ROBBED JUST LIKE EVERY ONE ELSE.
    YOU HATE THE POLICE,
    I LIKE YA FOR THAT
    BUT IF WE HAVE ANOTHER MILLION MAN MARCH,
    WE AINT INVITIN YOU BACK.
    IF FARRAKHAN SAYS OK, WE MIGHT JUMP YOU.
    LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP, YOUR RAP’S GAY UNCLE.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    The hip hop community has no respect for this guy…he isn’t our leader…we have no leaders…Sharpton need to sit his fat perm wearing azz down some where…tell him to spend his time fighting the war on drugs and the war on the poverty…in the words of Bernie Mac, “this some bull”…

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Irishwesty is right on that one.

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    fuck uncle al sharpton

  • outda954

    Man, fuck Al Sharpton. He turned his back on a whole generation.

  • Jbo

    get over it the 60′s and 70′s are not making a comeback

  • irishwesty

    eminem is gunna rip al sharptons mullet off

  • tip187

    motherfuck al sharpton, hes a fuckin trick, he aint doin shit but ruinin the muthafuckin music that him n his brothaz brought to the public, wtf is wrong with this bitch, not all rap is violent n misogynistic n if that shit hurts ur feelings then dont listen to it, not even kid in america heres a 50 cent song and gets himself an ak n shoots up a school like cmon here, these doods rap about their life n shit, theyre not tryna convince ppl to do that kinda gangsta shit thats juss they life u no, n ppl have the right to listen to this music, it hurts ur feelings dont listen to it, banning rap music is like banning rock music, cuz even rock albums talk about violence n misogynistic shit n have parental advisory stickers.

  • Cuban Link

    FUCK SHARPTON

  • Luc Rules!

    FUCK THIS NIGGER!

  • http://poop.com Luc Rules!

    FUCK THIS NIGGER! Hows That For offensive language BITCH ASS HO!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com VALLEJO JIGGA

    THE PPL ON HERE THAT ARE SAYING FUCK AL SHARPTON DON’T FEEL THE IMPACT THAT SOME OF THIS SHIT IS CAUSING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS…I BET U ALL ARE JUS A BUNCH OF LIL WHITIES OR SUBURBAN BLACKIES WHO FANTASIZES ABOUT WHAT REAL URBAN LIFE IS ABOUT…IF YA NOTICED LATELY A LOT OF THIS HIP HOP SHIT IS REDUNDANT AND DAMN NEAR DEPLETING THE IQs OF ITS LISTENERS. I SAY IF THERE’S MUSIC OUT THERE PROMOTING VIOLENCE AND DEGRADING OUR WOMEN WHO WORK SO DAMN HARD WHILE US MEN ARE LOCKED THE FUCK UP…I SAY FUCK IT. MY YOUNGER SISTER GOT SHOT IN SOME RETARDED VIOLENCE (THANK GOD SHE’S OKAY), I DON’T WANNA HAVE LIVE THIS FUCKING WAY FOREVER AND BECAUSE IT’S NOT KOOL. I’M NOT GONNA MAKE ANOTHER NIGGA RICH OFF OF MUSIC THAT HE DON’T FUCKING LIVE EITHER. I LOOK AT A BUNCH OF THESE NIGGAS AS FICTIONAL FUCKIN STORY WRITERS BECAUSE THE DAMN COPS KNOW WHATS UP AND IF YA TALKIN ABOUT SLANGIN THIS AND KILLING THAT AND ROBBING THIS AND FUCKING SMASHING ON THIS BITCH…I THINK ITS FUCKING RETARDED. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BLACK PPL DEVELOPING BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS FOR THERE PPL AND EDUCATING THEIR CHILDREN TO WHERE THEY CAN HAVE A BETTER LIFE THAN THEIR PARENTS? WE’RE FUKCING REGRESSING WHILE THE WHITE PPL WHO BUYS THIS MUSIC SEES IT AS ENTERTAINMENT AND LAUGH ABOUT IT…LIL BLACK KIDS GO OFF AND TRY AND LIVE OUT FICTIONAL CHARACTERS. THAS ONE OF THE MAIN DIFFERENCES SOME OF OUR PPL ARE BLINDED BY HOLLYWOOD AND THESE DAMN PUPPETS THEY PUT IN FRONT OF US AS ENTERTAINERS. DON’T BELIEVE WHEN THE GAME SAYS THIS AND 50 CENT SAYS THAT…THERE MAY BE A DEGREE OF TRUTH BUT IT’S MORE CREATIVE WRITING THAN ANYTHING. PPL OPEN UR FUCKING EYES TO THE REALITY BEHIND SOME OF THIS SCENSELESS MUSIC. I’M NOT SAYING TO DO AWAY WITH HIP HOP BECAUSE THAS MY MEAT AND POTATOES…I SAY DO AWAY WITH THE GARBAGE AND BULLSHIT THAT ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE OF STEROTYPING AND DEMORALIZATION OF A GREAT PPL…WE’RE THE ONLY ONES HURT BY THIS AND ITS STUNTING OUR GROWTH AS A COMMUNITY.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Al Sharpton is a Clown, I mean that in a literal and symbolic way: he is not a real Civil Rights Leader who is Respected and honored like Martin Luther King, JR and him and Jesse Jackson goes around doing stuff just for Attention and Fame, they need to go back to the Circus

  • Bad Luck

    Al Sharpton is a “Nigger” in a suit who listens whos ears have a speaker thats connected to his mouth.He makes no sense in his speeches and has no foundation in his fight.Honestly it looks like he’s just goin at us in the heat of the “HIP-HOP-WAR” just to make a lil extra money on the side.Someone need to tell REV.ALBERT to keep listening to Kirk Franklin.

  • a_loco

    decency march? sounds kinda mcarthyish to me. i know i sound like a cracka ass cracka by bringin up mcarthy, but i am a cracka ass cracka

  • bullet loco

    Al sharpton can succ my dicc

  • http://myspace.com/playarabbitnet Playa Rabbit

    Fuck Shit Ass Bitch get off me, Al is white bread to me why you gone buy stock in a company so you can complain when you cant even help the community you complain about, when our rolemodels are people who say fuck gettin money from a 9-5 I’m gone hustle what you think we gone do, STARVE, we go to college and for what, to get paid 30,000 a year when my hommie makes 30,000 a week, words are words mark of the beast will be thier decision because they already treat us like wild animals now they jst wanna keep tags on us since they dont give a fuck about us

  • rizzo

    ok, so if we stop saying bitch and ho(fuck it i’m still sayin’ nigga)does that mean they won’t exist. real words only exist if there is a real definiton – good or bad words. and if they wanna come at hiphop what about the comedians? that’s right i’m dry snitchin’-what.

  • http://myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    Vallejo, whut tha fuck does your sister gettin’ shot gotta do wit rap, plus tha text that rappers use the term bitches and ho’s never refer to decent hard workin’ Black women dumb ass, it refers to tha bitches and ho’s and they know who they are, and we know who they are!!! And if U wanna stop payin’ these muphuckas that’s your choice but U might as well ask for a refund for all yo TV’s too, cuz it’s on tha movies U watch as well as tha music U hear, and in tha streets U walk, this ain’t no muphuckin’ Pleasantsville, it’s real out here, this is a crusade against rap, cuz no other form of music is being affected, not even Heavy Metal, which is just as violent, I guess they gonna say tha VT killer was listenin’ to rap too, they goin’ too far wit this bullshyt and U gettin’ sucked rite into it

  • Jody W.

    idiot if you try to deter this music it will get bigger it will become black market and everybody likes something they are not supposed to do more

  • http://myspace.com/playarabbitnet Playa Rabbit

    War against offensive words what happened to bring troops home from bullshit they involved with now Obama dont even have a answer for that, I’m solving this I’ll be e-mailing al sharpton and jessie jackson so relly find out how do you take away freedom of speech and not fight for lower Gas

  • http://www.myspace.com/southeastliving Selsius

    Alot of this SHIT IS BULLSHIT!! AL SHARPTON NEED 2 CUT THAT SHIT OUT!!! I HEAR ALL OF YOU’LL BUT EVERYONE IS TITLE TO THEIR OWN OPINION!! BULLSHIT THAT HAPPENS IN LIFE AND THEY TRY 2 BLAME MUSIC FOR THAT, COME ON NOW EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THERE OWN DESTINY IN LIFE!! AND YOU’LL TALKING BOUT HIP HOP DEAD, U ASK ME ACTIONS LIKE THAT IS THE REASON IT’S CHANGING AND SHIT!! MY MOM GOT LOCKED UP FOR TEN YRS. DOING FEDERAL TIME AND THE ONLY TWO THINGS I HAD TO TURN TO WERE GOD AND MUSIC!! IT MADE ME THINK ALOT AND IT KEPT ME HUMBLE!! SONGS LIKE “KEEP UR HEAD UP” BY TUPAC AND “I TRIED” BY BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY & AKON!! THAT’S HOW SOCIETY IS SO WHY NOT RAP ABOUT IT!! (AL)INVEST YO MONEY INTO JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, WELFARE, AND ETC..MOTHERFUCKERS IN AMERICA ACTUALLY ARE STRIVING IN THE HOOD, SO TO EXPRESS IT WE PUT IT ON WAX!! WE’RE NOT DEGRADING WOMEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO ACTUALLY DO SLUTTY SHIT (GROUPIES)!! HOLLA BACK

  • GTeach

    lol, delores tucker all over again… it’z obviouz sharpton’z a pawn…

    war on offensive music? so i assume he’z gonna wage war on death metal too huh?

    tell him to listen to “vaginal jesus”

  • B.A.

    first of all whats the difference between a movie and a rap song whats the difference between the terminator and 50cent whats worse seeing how to kill someone or to hear someone describe how they will do it everyones acting rap like there the only ones that have degreated women and its not going to stop if there arent any rappers and what about women being degreated at offices is that because of rap what was baywacth teaching us how to look at beauitful women and wonder about them my point is if your downing rap and want it gone then you need to change everything because rap wasnt the first to push the envolpe and they aint going to be the last

  • ANGRY WHITE MAN

    VALLEJO JIGGA…Move out of your neighborhood? Dummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ANGRY WHITE MAN

    VALLEJO JIGGA move out u dummy

  • EReal

    Fuck sharpton mang.

    Hes just all pissed off because he knows that he’s a nappy headed hoe, thats why he took that shit so personally.

    I mean seriously, is he going for the 2007 Don King Hair Award or some shit?

    Leave us alone sharpton, we dont need no motherfuckin help. Why dont you take some of that campaign money and spread it around the hood instead of buying STOCK WITH IT. GTFOH!

    1 hunned.

  • Richard

    First off I’m not a Al supporter. With that said the man isn’t trying to take down Rap music the movement is to remove words such as bitch, ho, nigger from the lyrics as well as to stop producing videos where women are treated like pieces of meat for a lack of better words.

    This generation just doesnt get it. Why dont everyone of you that are cussing Al go download some rap music from the 80′s when it all started and tell me how many songs were using these words. I can save you some time there arent very many because that shit wasnt kewl and that shit still isnt kewl.

    Rap music is here to stay we all know this but the way women are treated has to change and some of the lyrics has to change.

    my two cents.