6/19/06: Celeb of the Week: Tim "T.I." Harris
This hate goes back to something I heard a couple months ago. At the time, the movie "ATL" was just about to come out and the star of it was Tim "T.I." Harris. For those of you not familiar with the film ATL here is the imdb plot outline: "As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink."
When the movie was about to be released many movie theaters were worried about the crowd that was gonig to show up for it, so they hired extra security. Basically, these theaters were being racist because they thought the crowds would be primarily black.
I heard an interview with T.I. during which the radio host asked him if he was insulted by the extra security. He responded by saying he didn't care as long as he got paid. What kindof attitude is that? Would Ray Charles have said that? Would Marvin Gaye have that? Would Public Enemy have said that? Would Mos Def say that? How could he, in such a public position to influence the youth, take such an approach to blatant racism.
I know if any of my readers are from Atlanta or the south they will be upset about this. Down there T.I. is a god. But, that is all the more reason he should have spoke up. We are witnessing a generation of politcally disconnected youth and part of the reason why is that their rolemodels say thats cool.
But you know what? T.I.: I hate you.