Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott claims Florida Gulf Coast University and its president Wilson Bradshaw are condoning the use of the “n-word, degradation of women, drug use and violence by sponsoring a concert with rappers Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar,” the News-Press reports. Ludacris and Lamar are slated to perform at the annual student concert, known as Eaglepalooza, Nov. 24.
In a series of emails The News-Press obtained through public records requests, Scott challenges President Wilson Bradshaw to overrule a student group’s decision to bring the nationally known rappers to Southwest Florida. “I am amazed that a black university president would sanction such a disgrace; especially during the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech,” Scott wrote to his senior staffers. Scott sent a similar message directly to Bradshaw: “I can’t for the life of me begin to imagine why a black university president would sanction such vile content.”
Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar have censored versions that play on the radio, but Scott shared uncensored lyrics in his emails that contain numerous vulgarities, including derivatives of the N-word that “glamorize racial slurs.”
Scott asked his legal department whether he could decline requests for off-duty deputies to work security detail, like it did for a Girls Gone Wild request, or if it could bill FGCU for an enormous manpower demand by citing “the pattern of local and national trends for heightened violence at these hip-hop shows.” Scott also recommended that Lee County government deny an event permit for the concert, which is slated for Nov. 24 at JetBlue Park.
Some people are attacking Sheriff Mike Scott, but can we honestly say we want change if we aren’t prepared to make hard choices, starting with the entertainers we embrace? Since when is listening to a song about hoes and bitches cool?