• Petitioned Dr. Enuf

This petition was delivered to:

Dr. Enuf
Dr. Enuf
General Sales Manager
Winnie Quaintance
ETSU President
Paul Stanton, Jr.
State Farm CEO Ed Rust
Ed Rust
Johnson City Press Sales Manager
Stephanie White
East Tennessean
Host on Electric 94.9
Jinger Royal
Johnson City Community Relation
Becky Hilbert
Science Hill High School Principal
John K. Boyd
Host on Electric 94.9
Izzy Real
Indian Trail Middle Principal
Tammy Pearce
Carmike Cinemas
Operations Department Manager
Woodland Elementary Principal
Dr. Tracey Crowe
U.S. Representative
Phil Roe
Campbells Morrell Music
Campbells Morrell Music
Johnson City School Superintendent
Dr. Richard Bales
Mo Sabri

Tell Johnson City, TN leaders to stop sanctioning musical artist Mo Sabri's homophobia

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Local artist Mo Sabri has a new song called “Johnson City, Tennessee.” The song video is generally upbeat and features well known community leaders like Congressman Phil Roe and other notable people from the area. However, the song takes a disturbing turn at the 2:40 mark when Mo Sabri makes a derogatory comment about people who don’t appreciate his music, saying  “…if you do not like my music then you belong at New Beginnings” (2:40). This is a clear reference to a local establishment in Johnson City that serves the gay community.

This is unacceptable slur directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Mr. Sabri's community. By allowing themselves to be featured in this video, local community, school and business leaders are passively agreeing with Mr. Sabri’s remarks which only serve to marginalize LGBT people.

Mo Sabri is quickly becoming a spokesman for his community. We’re seeking an apology for the potential harm he has caused. We would hate to see Electric 94.9, Campbell Morrell Music, State Farm Insurance Company, the Carmike Cinema, Dr. Enuf, and any artists associated with Mr. Sabri lose customers and support through their association with homophobia.

Tell  leaders in Johnson City that sanctioning homophobia is bad for our community and bad for business. Ask them to demand that Mo Sabri change his defamatory lyrics and apologize to the public.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Chittum JONESBOROUGH, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      We don't need messages of hate. JCity is a diverse community.

    • Chris Sanders NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I can understand the excitement, but it's not the message that the city should send.

    • Joseph rhymer BRISTOL, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I find it disappointing for local government agencies and businesses to be in support of hate speech like this. I know I won't spend any of my money there, and I'll encourage others to do the same!

    • Ronn Brown WASILLA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      As a person originally from this area (Greeneville), I find Mr. Sabri's lyrics offensive and a bit unfair, considering I enjoy his genre of music but have also frequented New Beginnings before moving away from the area.

      I strongly feel an apology is definitely in order.

    • Kim Chaffin JONESBOROUGH, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      This is not who the Johnson City area is. We should not be represented by homophobia. I hope that people in the area will voice that loudly and clearly and particularly, that those businesses and area leaders featured in the video will dissociate themselves with such.


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