The Gretna Heritage Festival has dropped CeeLo Green from its October lineup, citing controversial remarks the singer and television personality made about rape and his no-contest plea to giving a woman the drug ecstasy while they were having dinner.
The annual West Bank festival, to be held Oct. 3-5 , will feature Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in Green’s place, the event’s board announced Friday.
“Our community does not condone these disparaging remarks delivered by CeeLo Green, and we feel this entertainer does not represent what our festival is about and has achieved over the past 20 years,” said a letter from the board approved by Chairman Ricky Templet, a Jefferson Parish councilman.
Green, who spent five seasons as a judge and coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” pleaded no contest last week to a felony charge of giving a woman ecstasy during dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant. His attorney said Green had consensual sex with the woman later that night.
Green — whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway — then took to Twitter and made some remarks about rape, including one that said, “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
He soon took the comments down and tweeted an apology, but the overwhelmingly negative response was well underway.
TBS announced yesterday that it is dropping Green’s reality show “The Good Life” after only one season, and other music events have dropped him from their lineups.
In following their lead, Gretna festival organizers said that since 1994, the annual event has promoted local businesses and raised money for state and national charities in the area.
Festival organizers, which include Gretna Economic Development, thanked supporters for understanding the decision.
The festival’s lineup also includes the Gregg Allman Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cherub and Phosphorescent.
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