Earlier this week we reported on rapper CeeLo Green‘s comments about rape and his subsequent apology. In a series of statements made on Twitter, Green said that a woman had to be conscious in order for the rape to be “real.” Green later temporarily suspended his Twitter account. It seems that the damage was done, though. Green’s TBS reality show was canceled, and now the United State’s military has decided not to allow Green to perform at an upcoming concert. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department had originally booked Green to perform on September 20. In a Facebook statement, MWR announced that Green would no longer be performing.
We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.
Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values. Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.
As a result, we have made the decision to pull CeeLo Green from the Freedom Live event on 20 September. Little Big Town, the main attraction for the event, will still perform as scheduled. We will announce as soon as possible a replacement opening act of the high quality that you expect and deserve.
CeeLo’s camp has yet to respond to this news.
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