June 23rd, 2010
Tommy Up Takes ?uestlove Milkshake Off Menu At PYT, Says Questlove “Hasn’t Donated A Penny” To Sabina Rose O’Donnell Fund
Last week, like many media outlets in Philadelphia, we had something to say about ?uestlove’s lengthy screed about Donte Johnson, the man arrested for the rape and murder of Sabina Rose O’Donnell. We strongly disagreed with him. Tonight we noticed Tommy Up, owner of PYT and Sabina’s employer, left a comment on our post.
In true Up fashion, he doesn’t pull any punches. He alleges ?uest never raised or gave money to the Sabina Rose O’Donnell Fund, contrary to ?uest’s claims in both his original Twitlonger post about the matter and in a story published Monday by Newsweek. “Quest hasn’t donated a penny,” Up writes. Up also says he has taken PYT’s ?uestlove shake—a mixture of Frangelico Liquor, Bailey’s Irish Cream and vanilla ice cream—off the menu.
We have calls in to Up and ?uest to sort this all out. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.
His complete comment after the jump.
By Tommy Up on Jun 23, 2010
Questo just got himself a story in Newsweek about his stance on Sabina’s killer. Sorry, a feature on his new album with his stance on Sabina’s killer as his platform.
Quest says, “I think that, more important than getting justice for our friend’s murder, we actually sort of need to investigate what would make someone 18 turn this nihilistic”.
Sorry, but what was most important was getting this sick person off the street before he did it to another girl. And he is off the street.
Quest’s “pass” for expressing his opinion about society being responsible for Donte’s actions is that he has been actively fundraising for her family. This is not true.
Money raised by people who care has gone to the Sabina Rose O’Donnell Fund, which is where the $25,000 reward came from that led to the tip that brought Donte in. It also benefited her family and has started the seed money for a permament memorial in her name. Quest hasn’t donated a penny. So I think his “pass” is retracted.
At Sabina’s workplace here at PYT we had a shake named after Quest because we, along with many in the city, looked up to him. It’s off the menu.