Musician: Assassination video plays homage to President Obama

Musician: Assassination video plays homage to President Obama
(Source: YouTube)
(Source: YouTube)

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis musician, who produced a video dramatizing the assassination of President Barack Obama, said he made the video out of respect for the commander-in-chief.

The video shows the president being killed on the same Lorraine Motel balcony in which Dr. Martin Luther King was shot.

The president of the National Civil Rights Museum is offended and believes the video is a complete mockery.

The producer, Divine Mafa, said he supports President Obama and claims the video was politically driven.  He said the video represents a lack of support for the president.

"Nobody seems to give him credit. They keep shooting all his ideas down," said Mafa.

He said he used the images to add shock value and to serve as a wake-up call.

"Do we have to have another King to die before we wake up? Do we have to have another 300 people being massacred by guns in Colorado for people to say we need gun control?" argued Mafa.

But National Civil Rights Museum President Beverly Robertson says Mafa's creativity goes too far.

"I don't think mocking an assassination is a way to expression an opinion particularly about the highest executive in this country," said Robertson.

She says the museum was contacted by Mafa in May but he was never given permission to use the property or logo.

"My staff asked him a series of questions, which he was unable to answer sufficiently," Robertson explained.

When asked if Mafa would like the president to see this video or endorse it, he said he thinks President Obama would understand the message because he is a very intelligent man.

But Robertson says she does not understand the message and is considering litigation.

"We do not approve, we do not endorse, and I'm certain that our legal team will be in contact with him," she said.

Action News 5's Janice Broach is speaking with local leaders about the video. Tune into Action News 5 at 10 p.m. to hear from them, and to hear more from the video's producer, Divine Mafa.

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