American activist Reverend Al Sharpton
has called off plans to honor record label executive Antonio 'L.A.' Reid
, because he fears being called a hypocrite. Sharpton successfully campaigned to have shamed radio host Don Imus
axed from his show after he called the players on Rutgers University
women's basketball team "nappy headed hos
" during a broadcast earlier this month.
Sharpton was due to present Reid with the James Brown
Memorial Cultural Impact Award, but he has backed out to avoid appearing two-faced. Reid's client base boasts rapper Ludacris
, whose song titles include hits Ho
and Move Bitch
, as well as hip-hop star Jay-Z
who frequently uses the n-word in his songs.
Sharpton told The New York Post: "We have withdrawn the award for L.A. Reid. We put the awards on hold... We have suspended those awards."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)