CeeLo Green Dropped From Military-Organized Music Festival

The singer can’t catch a break this week, and rightly so.

CeeLo Green performs at the Mandalay Bay Events Center June 6, 2014, in Las Vegas.
CeeLo Green performs at the Mandalay Bay Events Center June 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It’s been a tough week for CeeLo Green. First there was the plea deal he copped on drugging charges stemming from a 2012 incident involving an alleged rape. Then he went on a Twitter rant to declare that “people who have really been raped remember,” which caused all types of backlash. Although he later said that the comments were not correctly attributed to him, it was a little too late. Oh, and let’s not forget his canceled CBS scripted series Good Life.

Woe. Is. Him.

In another blow to his career, Green has just been dropped from the Navy-sponsored Freedom Live concert organized for Naval District Washington as part of the military’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

Last night NDW MWR announced, via its Facebook page, that Green would no longer be part of the show that is being held at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.:

We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.

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. Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.

As a result, we have made the decision to pull CeeLo Green from the Freedom Live event on 20 September. Little Big Town, the main attraction for the event, will still perform as scheduled. We will announce as soon as possible a replacement opening act of the high quality that you expect and deserve.

Concert organizers also offered ticket refunds to anyone who was planning to attend the concert specifically because of Green’s performance. See what happens when you drug unsuspecting women and then try to rationalize rape?