Mountain Dew to release Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

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A source tells theGrio PepsiCo is ending its association with rapper Lil’ Wayne, an endorser of the soft drink Mountain Dew.

Dissolving the partnership is a direct response to Wayne’s song lyric which referenced Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman.

Wayne apologized for the lyric after members of Till’s family objected, but his semi-apology was not accepted.

Now, the song has cost him his endorsement deal.

A Mountain Dew spokesperson told theGrio “We do not plan any additional work with Lil Wayne moving forward.  His offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.”

Mountain Dew was already under fire for a web video produced by rapper and leader of the Odd Future collective Tyler the Creator, which featured a goat participating in a criminal lineup as a physically abused white woman is terrified by subliminal threats not to identify him.

Reverend Al Sharpton and members of the Till family will be meeting with Pepsi sometime next week.

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