Report: Village People Singer Banning L.A. Clippers from Playing His Band's Music at Home Games
-- Original Village People frontman Victor Willis has joined the list of artists who are protesting the alleged racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling by apparently banning the NBA team from playing his group's songs at its home games. On Sunday, Willis posted a message on his Twitter feed that reads, "Sterling, you're banned from playing 'Y.M.C.A.' or any of my music [at L.A. Clippers] games. And I mean it!"
Willis owns the copyrights to dozens of songs he wrote for The Village People. Victor's rep, who also is his wife, told TMZ on Sunday that she would be sending an official notice on Monday demanding that the Clippers cease playing any of the disco group's tunes during the team's games at the Staples Center.
Late last week, TMZ published an audio recording of a man believed to be Sterling questioning his then-girlfriend V. Stiviano, who is black and Mexican, about her association with minorities and a photograph that she reportedly took with former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson that had been uploaded to her Instagram profile. The man believed to be Sterling tells Stiviano that it "bothers [him] a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" In addition, on Sunday, Deadspin.com released extended audio of the conversation in which the man on the tape also questions Stiviano about a photo of her and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is half-black.
Rihanna, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and many other artists have also condemned Sterling.
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