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Councilman questions city's involvement in T-Pain concert

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Monroe councilman is questioning the city's sponsorship of a rap concert over the weekend.

Friday night, rapper T-Pain, along with Chingy and B. Smyth, performed at the Monroe Civic Center. The concert was advertised as a part of Delta Fest, a month-long event presented by the city of Monroe. It was also sponsored by the ULM Campus Activities Board.

City Councilman Ray Armstrong believes concerts like this give Monroe a bad reputation. He says the explicit lyrics in many of the rappers' songs are inappropriate and should not be sponsored by the city.

"In this day and age I don't think we should let our children think that we support and endorse profanity, violence toward women, violence in any fashion," says Armstrong.

Mayor Jamie Mayo released a statement saying, "There are currently no city laws that limit who promoters can bring to the civic center," he goes on to say, "whether we agree with it or not, the supreme court protects "freedom of speech".  It is not the role of city government to legislate parental responsibility or individual morality."

Armstrong says the city should create a rating system to judge acts on to decide if they should be allowed to play at a city event or venue. He wants the city to create a set of standards and enforce them. Armstrong plans on presenting some of his ideas at the next city council meeting.

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