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LA Clippers boycott? The Game, hip-hop community joins in ‘Empty Seat Campaign’

Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling
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There is a big push for immediate action surrounding the controversy around the LA Clippers and the alleged racist remarks from the team’s owner, Donald Sterling. While Los Angeles residents are upset about the words that have been caught on tape as the team represents the community, the Hip-hop community, composed of artists, rappers and singers, are even more upset. According to HipHopDX on Saturday, there is a boycott under way and it was started by a local rapper.

Rapper The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) has put together the “Empty Seat Campaign” which asks fans to stop supporting the LA Clippers by not attending the next game. Hoping to show that everyone, no matter their race, is part of the sporting world, the artist wants to make a point about the importance of treating everyone equal.

“Asking ALL Los Angeles residents to boycott the next Clippers game by not attending which will prove that we are more of a MAJORITY than the previously stated "minority" label given to us by Mr. Sterling,” wrote The Game on his official Instagram Account.

Other stars have suggested not attending games, but nobody has put out a campaign like this. Magic Johnson said he wouldn't watch another game as he knows he isn't welcome and asked fans to do the same. The players of the Los Angeles team also talked about boycotting the game, but have decided to keep playing after having a team meeting. The idea of not attending the next game, even if fans have tickets, is definitely picking up steam.

On Sunday morning congregations around the area have asked members to stand against racism and support the cause. People in Los Angeles are talking about what they can do to drive home the point that this type of racism isn't allowed in the Southern California community and it wouldn't be surprising to see thousands of people standing outside of Staples Center next time the LA Clippers play to show support of all races rather than inside watching the game.