Houston music venue ‘Fitzgerald’s’ is under fire after a respected music producer unveiled a racist e-mail he received from the owner.
Riding high off the new release of his single, “Once Upon a Time,” featuring rappers Scarface, Scarlito and Ham Franklin, Garret Brown, also known as “Trakksounds,” reached out to the venue in hopes to book a date.
What he got in return was a scathing letter from Fitzgerald’s owner, Sarah Fitzgerald, who used her response as an opportunity to critique rap music and lovers of hip-hop as a whole.
“I’m gonna pass on this, Fitzgerald wrote. “Not a big fan of the ‘n—–, b—-, whore, p—y, gonnaf——shootyou’ music or the fans that wear their pants under their ass with 18 inches of underwear showing, drink and smoke pot in the parking lot, then scream ‘you racist b—-‘ when I ask that they take their lit joint inside. 300 fans that buy little, tip little and create big disharmony-no thanks.”
Brown, taken aback by the bitter bigotry, used hulk levels of restraint to respond with dignity and compassion.
“Wow…sounds like quite the stereotype but if that’s how you feel then all power to you,” he wrote. “A simple no would have worked as well but it sounds like you have some aggression build up about something else. Have a good week and god bless you.”
But he wasn’t done. He posted the exchange on Twitter and called for a boycott of the venue, vowing to never visit Fitzgerald’s again. Word spread through the Twitterverse and past Fitzgerald acts such as comedian Hannibal Burress, along with other Texas-based artists.
Fitzgerald’s flippantly responded to Brown’s boycott on Twitter and accused him of hypocrisy for supporting misogyny and racism in a separate e-mail, KTRK reports.
“I get insulted when men submit music to me that refers to women as b—— and hoes, just like you would get insulted if a white man sent you music calling black men racial slurs. Your music plays into all stereotypes…gangsters, drugs, women hating, racial slurs, etc.,” Fitzgerald wrote.
But after the social media backlash continued to snowball, Fitzgerald’s is now forced deal with the repercussions of what happens to businesses when their racism begins to show (google “Donald Sterling” for another telling example).
In an interview with the Houston Press, Sarah Fitzgerald said that maybe she’s too old to ascertain popular culture. In her defense, Fitzgerald used the age-old “But I like Black people” trope to point out how “woke” she really is.
“But for them to say I don’t like black music…I mean, I’ve probably had more black music in Fitzgerald’s than any white club in town,” she said. “I like music, and I like black music. I just don’t know how to deal with this type of music.”