PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties to Lil Wayne over the rapper’s crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song.
Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company’s Mountain Dew soda.
Earlier this week, PepsiCo also pulled an online ad for the neon-colored soda that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. That ad was developed by rapper Tyler, the Creator.
PepsiCo Inc. said in a statement late Friday that Wayne’s “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.”
A publicist for Lil Wayne, Sarah Cunningham, said that the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting.
Lohan rehab plan gets ‘tentative’ OK
After a day of uncertainty over the whereabouts of Lindsay Lohan, a Santa Monica, Calif., prosecutor said Friday he has given “tentative approval” to the actress to serve her court-mandated rehab, apparently at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Santa Monica chief deputy city attorney Terry White did not specify the facility, but sources told the Los Angeles Times that Lohan checked into the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center late Thursday night.
Facing the prospect of arrest for violating her probation, Lohan managed to rehire her former attorney, Shawn Holley, to try to keep her out of jail. Holley replaced attorney Mark Heller, who came under repeated criticism for his handling of her case.
The moves capped a chaotic 24 hours in which Lohan showed up at Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, Calif. – only to promptly leave. At that point, prosecutors said they did not know where she was and threatened to obtain an arrest warrant if she did not return because she was in violation of her probation.
White said Holley contacted him Thursday afternoon with a new plan to treat Lohan.
The “Mean Girls” star’s Porsche rear-ended a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway on June 8, but she denied she was driving. She entered a no contest plea in March and agreed to enter rehab, spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service.
The birthday bunch
Opera singer Roberta Peters is 83. Rock musician Dick Dale is 76. Actor Richard Jenkins is 66. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 62. Singer-actress Pia Zadora is 61. Country singer Randy Travis is 54. Actress Mary McDonough is 52. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 46. Actor Will Arnett is 43. TV personality and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is 38. Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 34.