Philly GOP outraged over Public Enemy’s Mumia sign at Made in America
Legendary hip hop group Public Enemy got a lousy scheduling time at Made in America this weekend, but they may have left Philadelphia with the most buzz.
During a politically-charged Saturday afternoon set, members Chuck D., Flavor Flav and DJ Lord made several controversial statements about both Philadelphia and national politics. For one, Chuck D. pledged to donate $10,000 of the money they made over the weekend to Philadelphia’s underfunded schools. And to reveal the extent of the situation, they brought out Heather Marcus, a counselor at J.R. Masterman School, to speak against the cuts. Flavor Flav called for justice for Trayvon Martin. And the group backed their performance with a large poster calling for the release of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who was sentenced to death in the 1982 slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner, though is currently serving a life sentence without parole.
The Mumia-related act didn’t sit well with the recently-united Philadelphia GOP. So, they took to their Facebook page to sound off on Public Enemy—and Mayor Michael Nutter—with this image of the set:
“It’s disgusting that this happened at the “Made in America” concert just blocks from where Mumia Abu Jamal murdered Police Office Danny Faulkner,” reads a post from the Philly GOP Facebook page, which has been shared over 160 times thus far. “We bet you haven’t seen these pics on Philly media outlets. All the Mayor could say was the sign “was not authorized by the City” and he “regrets any offense taken.” Weak. Like this if you think #WeCanDoBetter and #JusticeForDannyFaulkner.”
The local party also asks, should “the Mayor step up and refuse to issue a permit for this concert next year?”
Calls made to a representative of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee were not immediately returned.
Among the user comments on the Philly GOP’s Facebook: “This mayor sucks” and “The next concert (because you know there will be one) contract should contain a clause. If they do that again fine them heavily and all the fine money goes to the Hero Scholarship Fund!!!!!”
A Budweiser marketing VP told the Inquirer that he hopes Made in America becomes a mainstay for Philadelphia’s Labor Day weekends.
Public Enemy’s “hands-off Asada, now” likely refers to Assata Shakur, the Black Panther Party member and step-aunt of the late Tupac Shakur, who was put on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list earlier this year for her role in the 1977 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She allegedly resides in Cuba. There is a $2 million reward for information leading to her capture.
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