TMZ no doubt prides itself with pushing the pop culture envelope to new boundaries daily . But with their headline on the recent death of former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry, they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
The tasteless, insensitive headline that’s got a lot of people upset is “Marion Barry Crack Mayor Dead at 78.”
Barry, like every human being that’s ever walked the earth wasn’t perfect. It was well known that at one time he had a substance abuse problem, but of course that’s just element of his legacy. He will also be remembered for his untiring work in the civil rights movement and his dedication to uplifting people from poverty.
The people who are pissed at TMZ have started a petition via Change.org urging the gossip oriented site to apologize and change the headline.
“We want his legacy to be honored the right way,” the petition reads. “Show respect to his family friends and supporters.”
The last time we looked, over 12,500 people had signed the petition since Sunday at 1:15pm Eastern.
Meanwhile, details for a public memorial service have yet to be released, but Barry’s body will likely lie in state at the Wilson Building, houses the offices and chambers of the mayor and city council of the District of Columbia, according to Council Chair Phil Mendelson.