Archives for August 2011

Rapping the Rapper

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Rapper the Game was not Ready for the power of twitter.

In mid August, the Game tweeted to his over 500,000 followers to call a number for music internship jobs. That number turned out to be the Los Angeles County Compton Sheriff’s Help Line. For more than 2 hours, the emergency lines were flooded with the “flash mob” calls requiring additional backup. It is unknown how many emergency calls could not be connected due to what Jayceon Terrell Taylor, the rapper’s real name later called “a joke gone wrong.”

Everyone can make a mistake and we all learn from this one. Everyone is a role model for someone and has the opportunity to lead his or her followers responsibly.

Before apologizing though, the Game compounded his mistake by first responding with outrage and sarcasm toward the Compton sheriffs. “Yall can track a tweet down but can’t solve murders! That was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job.”

As a result, he received negative attention from his followers and non-followers alike.

As Martin Luther King once told us all: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.