UltraViolet, a group of women and men who claim they seek to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, has written a petition seeking Time Warner and TBS to cancel CeeLo Green’s reality show amid the artist’s alleged tweets on rape over the weekend.
The singer-songwriter and producer, famous for the 2006 song “Crazy,” has since temporarily deleted his Twitter account, according to stories about CeeLo’s rape comments in the New York Daily News and the Daily Mail.
Another alleged tweet by CeeLo can be found in a Billboard story: “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.”
The following is an email sent to UltraViolet members today:
Dear UltraViolet member,
Grammy-winning performer CeeLo Green just let loose a series of tweets claiming that rape isn’t rape if the victim is unconscious. He even tweeted “women who have really been raped remember!!!” 1 WHAT???
What’s worse is that his tweets aren’t out of the blue–he recently pled no contest to drugging a woman who later woke up naked in his bed, with no memory of what happened. Yet despite this criminal act, and these incredibly dangerous tweets, major network TBS and its parent company Time Warner are still giving him a huge public platform in a reality TV show that recently premiered. They’ve got to drop him, now.
Tell TBS and Time Warner: Rapists and rape-apologists should have no place in your line-up. Cancel CeeLo Green’s reality show The Good Life immediately.
Shortly after being charged with a felony for drugging the woman, he left NBC’s The Voice . But that didn’t stop TBS from signing him for a reality show called CeeLo Green’s The Good Life . 2 The show premiered in June. Opening credits feature CeeLo saying “Now that I’m on top of the world, we can do whatever we want.” 3
No. Absolutely not. CeeLo Green should not be rewarded for drugging a woman and then bragging about it.
TBS and its parent company Time Warner Cable never should have signed him in the first place. Now that he has been sentenced for the attack, and doubled down on his outrageous statements about rape, it’s time to drop him and his show permanently.
Thanks for taking action.
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Gabriela, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, and Onyi, the UltraViolet team
The group included a link to the petition: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/CeeLo_Green/
UltraViolet also advocates for reproductive rights, health care and economic security.