The losses keep mounting for CeeLo Green in the wake of his shameful comments about rape. On Friday (Sept. 5), the singer was dropped from a United States Navy-sponsored concert planned for Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C.
“Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values,” Freedom LIVE posted on its official Facebook page. “Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.”
Those who have already purchased tickets will be able to receive a full refund if they so choose. Little Big Town is still scheduled to play the event, along with a forthcoming replacement for Green, promised via the Facebook statement.
On Aug. 31 over a series of since-deleted tweets, Green implied that a woman has to remember being raped in order for rape to actually occur. “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent,” he wrote, referencing the felony charges he faces over furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. To those charges, Green pleaded no contest.
Since then, his television series The Good Life was canceled by TBS, though the network insists it was pulled due to poor ratings.
On Sept. 2, Green attempted to apologize for the tweets: “I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter,” he wrote. “Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.”
Can CeeLo’s career still be saved? The Sept. 13 issue of Billboard has some thoughts.