||10-17-2013 02:29 PM
Petition to name NY street after Notorious B.I.G. running into problems
Some dude in Brooklyn started a petition wanting to name a street after rapper Notorious BIG (real name, Christopher Wallace).
The community board rejected it because:
CB2 committee member Lucy Koteen said she "looked up the rapper's history" and read what she had learned to the full board Tuesday night.
"He started selling drugs at 12, he was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charge, he was arrested for parole violations, he was arrested in North Carolina for crack cocaine, in 1996 he was again arrested for assault, he had a violent death and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth," she said. "I don't see how this guy was a role model and frankly it offends me."
Kenn Lowy, board member and owner of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, said he did not appreciate that the rapper, whose birth name was Christopher Wallace, referred to women with derogatory names in his music.
So it was "another day, another struggle" for LeRoy McCarthy, 45, who began the movement to name the intersection for Notorious B.I.G.
McCarthy said after the meeting that "board members should not hold Wallace's physical appearance nor how he died against him."
He seems to have some outside support:
McCarthy presented the board with letters of support from two local churches, a mosque, a nearby block association, several local businesses and more than 1,000 comments from people all over the world who signed an online petition in support of the co-naming.
Personally I don't think the comment about him being "physically not a role model for youth" is right
Lots of larger people are role models.
||10-17-2013 02:40 PM
Re: Petition to name NY street after Notorious B.I.G. running into problems
There are some tragically stupid people in the world...kudos to the committee people for using some sense.
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