Sunday, December 19, 2004

Simmons sells out

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons made a big splash a while back with his "Drop the Rock" campaign designed to encourage young people to get involved in repealing the horrendous Rockefeller Laws in NY state. He held a very successful concert in NYC and was subsequently invited to take part in the negotiations with legislators.

Now, many months later, the "reformed laws" are being announced with great fanfare. The trouble is, the so-called reform is negligible and the real activists who led the movement are calling Simmons a "nightmare" who "destroyed" attempts to get the Rockefeller Drug Law penalties repealed.

I tend to agree. Simmons, while he may have initially had good intentions, in the end used his celebrity to further his own career and sold out the cause.


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