Thursday, February 19, 2015

Afroman's Publicist Comment

Note the comment made by the publicist.  

article from AP

Don't get on stage with Afroman. He doesn't want you there.
A video shows the rapper and guitarist playing his guitar Tuesday at a concert in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he whirls around and apparently slugs a woman who was dancing on stage behind him. After she goes down, he continues to play.
"On 17 February 15, the Biloxi Police Department responded to a reported assault at the Kress Live Entertainment Venue involving Mr. Joseph Edgar Foreman who performs under the stage name Afroman," the Biloxi Police Department arrest report read. "Mr. Foreman was arrested for Assault as a result of a Citizen's Affidavit, booked in, and released after paying a 330 Dollar Bond."
"My understanding is she got up on stage, and he hit her," Police Chief John Miller told the Biloxi Sun Herald.
On the video, the woman gets up and looks back at Afroman in surprise. An audience member climbs on stage and leads her away.
Wednesday afternoon, Afroman apologized for the incident, telling "TMZ Live" that he's going to be "enrolling in an anxiety foundation right now."
    "I'm here to apologize," he said. "I need some help."
    He said that he had been heckled by a man off-stage and was irritated by the women who got on stage, and he added that security should have taken action.
    Nevertheless, he shouldn't have lashed out, he said.
    "It was wrong," he said. "What happened shouldn't have happened."
    Subtle distancing language and passivity.  This is expected. 
    The rapper has had trouble with fans getting on stage before, a rep told Billboard.
    Note the publicist's comment: 
    "This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space. It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces." 
    Can something be both "involuntary reflex" and "uncharacteristic behavior"?
    Note also "initiated" by outside "uncontrolled" 
    by whom is this "uncontrolled"?  (see next sentence in article)
    The rep blamed poor security at the venue, Kress Live.
    Afroman had a big hit in 2000 with "Because I Got High."


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    Zen Killer said...

    No performer wants to have their act interfered with - be it a black rapper, a white metal guitarist or a Latino comedian.

    Why was she up on the stage in the first place? I've done stage work, I've been backstage, I've been on stage and I’ve been part of an audience. General rule of thumb to the audience, any audience from my various experiences: STAGE-AREA IS OFF-LIMITS unless you are otherwise INVITED. Doing so uninvited is crass and rude. I learned this during elementary school productions, you know, with the teachers making sure we wouldn't storm the stage during plays and what-not. You're going to tell me it's "no excuse for his actions" and it's not. I'm questioning the logic of HER choice, HER action. I already know that punching someone in the face isn't a bright idea or a good choice to make, even if you are frustrated. "USE YOUR WORDS, NOT YOUR FISTS!" I also learned that from my elementary school days.

    My perspective comes from a place where I know I've made some pretty dumb decisions - like when I was 18 and speeding in freezing rain. It was stupid and it ended in injury and lingering pain. Thankfully, I only hurt myself (I'm relieved to this day that I only hurt myself and no one else) AND I didn't die. My foot on the pedal, my choice, my actions - it wasn't the car's fault, it wasn't the ice's fault, it was MY fault. People need to be held responsible for their own bad choices; it's all I'm saying. Why? Mistakes make us who we are and they aren't worth making unless you learn from them. If it is always someone else's fault, people will never learn.

    Peter Hyatt said...

    I wondered how soon we would get a post blaming the victim.

    I agree that the stage is not for someone to enter, but it also happens regularly with young women.

    Even when a male did it on live television (see "Soy Bomb") it was unnerving.

    Yet, our society has become desensitized to violence. Violence against women has increased greatly. Kids raised in violence do not even seem to be able to empathize with victims.

    Zen Killer said...

    I am NOT blaming the woman, Mr. Hyatt. It's why I noted that I am NOT excusing HIS behaviour. I'm saying that people need to take responsibility for their own stupid choices. I am not desensitized to real violence. Punching someone in the face is NOT a good choice - I noted that too. It was bad decisions all around - that's my point. The person who solely caused the situation to spiral out of the control was Afroman, I did not say otherwise. To note, I'm not a fan of Afroman and I'm not a fan of physical violence. Heck, I wince and cringe at the news all the time. Those are interesting assumptions you've made of me and of my post though.

    I question all sides of a story instead of concentrating on only one perspective. This is not 'victim-blaming', this is 'questioning all for their own actions'. As I said, Mr. Hyatt, mistakes make us who we are however if people never take responsibility for their mistakes, it's pretty useless. Is it not a fair question? 'What was she doing up there?'

    I'd ask the same if it was a man who was assaulted. I'd ask the same if it was a dog. I'd ask the same if it was a transsexual.

    john said...


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    Anonymous said...

    There would be a snarling hue and cry if he did this to a dog, sadly, comparatively speaking.

    Lemon said...

    The above comment is mine.

    Zen Killer said...

    @Lemon: I agree with both of your points. I've seen it happen very recently in responses to a certain television show which recently had dogs being shot and devoured by starving people (including two children). Please note: the same television show routinely shows human beings being torn apart and devoured by rotting folks and the beginning of the current season started with humans eating humans. "A man's gotta eat..." Yet more viewers seemed more troubled by people eating dogs than people eating people.

    Ignoring the fictional side of this and concentrating on the reality of it all, it's a bit mind-boggling when people react to real cases of animal abuse more strongly than child abuse. It's an slap in the face when someone who kicked a dog does more time in the big house than someone who raped a child. The priorities seem a little ... warped? Somewhat twisted? Maybe even broken?

    Zen Killer said...

    My only point is this,Afroman is a bully,he's a twisted woman hating freak of nature.Peace out people

    GetThem said...

    Bottom line is his exact quote:

    "I'm here to apologize," he said. "I need some help."
    He said that he had been heckled by a man off-stage and was irritated by the women who got on stage, and he added that security should have taken action.
    Nevertheless, he shouldn't have lashed out, he said.
    "It was wrong," he said. "What happened shouldn't have happened."
    Afroman admits, albeit with distancing, that he was in the wrong. The publicist comment, like most PR commentary, should be viewed carefully as it is in their best interest to make their client look favorable in every type of situation.