It must be a slow protest week for activists.
Def Jam is asking fans to call, write, email, or fax the White House in an effort to get a presidential pardon for legendary R&B singer and alter-ego embracer Mr. Biggs AKA Ron Isley before he begins serving a three year sentence in a federal prison for tax evasion.
Not to be outdone, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is asking the public to not judge Michael Vick before he has his day in court. Vick is charged with federal dog-fighting conspiracy charges. One of his co-defendants has already pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
R.L. White, president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has been vilified by animal rights groups, talk radio and the news media and prematurely punished by his team and corporate sponsors.
“If Mr. Vick is guilty, he should pay for his crime, but to treat him as he is being treated now is also a crime,” White said at a news conference. “Be restrained in your premature judgment until the legal process is completed.
Does a millionaire athlete that benefits from both his celebrity and wealth he’s accumulated from his now suspended endorsement deals really need the help of Mr. White?
Or maybe it’s because I’m not a big football fan (Look: The Oilers left before puberty kicked in and the Texans suck, so…) that I don’t think someone caught up on federal conspiracy charges for dog-fighting needs my sympathy. He’ll be alright. He could shoot a dog in broad daylight and still make more money than me in an hour.
As for Mr. Biggs, take a look at portions of the press release issued by Def Jam:
In an effort to protect Mr. Isley from incarceration for non-payment of taxes, we urge his fans to call, fax, or email the White House immediately to help Ronald stay out of prison.
It is important to point out that Ronald Isley has no prior criminal record, and has been a law-abiding, taxpaying employer since 1956.
Now if that were true he wouldn’t be in this predicament, now would he? Hey, I respect my elders, and I love the Isley Brothers and appreciate Mr. Biggs AKA Ron Isley’s contributions to music, but I’m not adding my name to a government list because he didn’t make his contributions to the IRS.
The IRS is scarier than any drug dealer. You should know not to mess with them.
Ruff ruff and pay up to Vick and Biggs.
I’m sure we have more pressing matters to worry over.