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MAILBAG: Oct. 19

‘Diss Song’ article misrepresented artist’s involvement

This is specifically for Bobby Stover, the person who wrote the article on the football players’ diss song, which is also known as the Pac-10 tribute (“”Football players produce ‘Diss’ song,”” Oct. 15, 2009).

The whole article was disrespectful to me, being that I am the artist known as JGIBS and I’m the one who wrote the whole song, word for word.

I want to know why I was just listed as a local artist contacted to do most of the vocals when my voice is on the whole song, and without the lyrics I wrote, it would just be a beat playing with no words.

I’m not here to bash anyone, especially not the football team. All I want is this typo cleared up because the journalist shortened my worth in the song.

I refuse to have something that started with me just list me as a local artist. I am not just an artist. I have worked with too many to be that and I was called to make a hit, and that’s what I did. Do not print an article that forgets the key point of this song’s success (the artist who wrote the song and came up with the idea).

Jon-Te Gibson

D&B Productions

Police Beat should not identify suspects by anything

I am writing to echo Thursday’s insightful letter from Professor Zhiping Zheng. I could not agree more that the needless inclusion of a suspect’s race undoubtedly promotes and legitimizes ethnic stereotypes on campus.

I fear, however, that the professor did not go far enough in his condemnation of the Police Beat and left vulnerable minorities unprotected.

While excluding a suspect’s race is important, Zheng still encouraged the use of the term “”student”” to identify the alleged offender. Following his logic, does this not cast an unnecessary shadow of guilt across the entire student body of this prestigious university and, more broadly, students everywhere?

Are we not all now a little more bigoted against students? In the future, Zheng should follow his own advice and be more aware of how his own indiscreet comments affect others.

Furthermore, even after hearing Zheng’s concerns, Friday’s Daily Wildcat included a Police Beat article that identified a suspect as a “”man.”” This blatant sexism should not be tolerated and runs completely counter to the ideals of respected journalism. The Daily Wildcat should not be in the business of attacking and prematurely condemning much-maligned minorities and owes an apology to every male member of this community for this libelous piece of reporting.

I believe I speak for the entire university when I state that we demand articles that contain as few facts as possible and that are completely devoid of any of the necessary context.

Keith Howell

Economics and political science junior

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