• Petitioned Joie Manda

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President, Def Jam Records
Joie Manda
CEO, Island Def Jam
Barry Weiss

Def Jam Records: Fire Lil' Reese for brutally beating a woman

    1. Petition by

      Sasha Johnson Christelyn Karazin

This October, a video surfaced of Chicago rapper Lil Reese viciously beating a woman in her own home. He releases a flurry of punches at her, knocking her to the ground, and then begins stomping on her as his friends cheer him on.

When we saw the video, we were outraged. Outraged that women, and especially black women, aren't better respected. Outraged that Lil Reese has gotten support from young men and boys in online hip hop forums and on Twitter who openly justify or even celebrate the rapper's actions. And outraged that more in the music industry haven't spoken out about his vile behavior.

The responsibility to speak out starts with the record label that promotes his music, Def Jam Records. Their silence -- their refusal to create any consequence for Lil' Reese in the face of this awful violence -- reinforces a culture of misogyny and violence against women far more than any music lyric could. 

That woman could have been either of us. Sasha may be working on an MBA and Christelyn may be a published author, but all too often, Black women are seen as easy targets. We don't always enjoy much protection from this kind of violence, even in our own communities. Today, we're standing up for ourselves, and for women of every race and class.

Please join us in demanding that Def Jam Records FIRE Lil Reese and publicly condemn his brutal acts.

Recent signatures


    1. Digital Music News Hears The Petitioners

      Sasha Johnson Christelyn Karazin
      Petition Organizer
      Digital Music News - Dear Def Jam, Please Stop Supporting Violence Against Women. Sincerely, Change.org...

      Dear Def Jam, Please Stop Supporting Violence Against Women. Sincerely, Change.org... Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by paul Chris Brown not only kept his deal with Sony Music, he's still making a lot of money. So what about Def Jam-signed Lil Reese, recently filmed brutally beating a woman?

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • libby martin RACINE, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      men should never hit a women

    • Michael Redmond DOLTON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I live in a neighborhood full of Lil' Reeses and I am sick and tired of them all. They have no respect for anyone but want you to give them respect and will try to hurt you if they feel you have disrespected them. Anyone that would put their hands on a female deserves to be in jail. He definitely does not deserve a record deal. It is time for Def Jam to stop using our youth.

    • Kyrah nesha CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      He is Mess up In the head He need to get drop it like he getting rewarded for doing bad things

    • Kyrah nesha CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because those Guys in GBE Can't Keep Getting away with any thing and doing things that not legal this is crazy

    • Miriam Woodhead FRANKFORT, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      God is much bigger then all of us.


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