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We're BOYCOTTING Soulja Boy

9/6/2011 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A system of stores run by the United States Department of Defense will NOT be stocking Soulja Boy's upcoming album -- so long as it contains the rapper's army-bashing song lyrics.

LTC Thomas Shrader from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service -- an agency run by the USDOD -- tells TMZ, Soulja's "Respect My Hustle" will have no place on the shelves of its 3,100 facilities ... whose MILLIONS in profits go to benefit armed services programs every year.

As we previously reported, the outrage is all over the rapper's new song "Let's Be Real" -- in which Soulja raps, "F**k the FBI and the army troops." Soulja has since apologized.

Shrader tells TMZ, Soulja's lyrics "are unacceptable and not the kind of thing we would want to market.”

But there's still hope for SB -- if the song ultimately gets cut from the album ... we're told the Exchange will reevaluate the ban.

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61.

Boomers    

Well, his so called music is terrible. It is just crap, and I feel that it is painful to listen to. (and I don't) The guy is a no talent corporate sell out. The only way I would buy any music by this uneducated moron, is if I could kick him in the balls in an alley. Then I would throw his cd in the garbage along with him. **** the military? Now you are sorry? He is Literally a piece of ****. Crank that you ****.

1121 days ago
62.

nevernude    

Also, based on the poor grammar and anger from these "military families", you should focus on education. Not war.

1121 days ago
63.

Jamaal Uzziel    

**** him, i have no love for this son of a bitch. he did this as a stunt to get more fans. He should of just made a sex tape of him sucking ****. That would have helped him more i will no longer play his music but i will no longer buy any music from him but any one that dose business with him is cut off

1121 days ago
64.

A1Commenter    

He has the right to his lyric. It is one of the freedoms the soldiers are defending. And the DOD store ALSO has the right of association (or disassociation in this case). I never liked his music, and I wouldn't buy his CD anyways. But if I have a choice in music, he will never be among my choices.

1121 days ago
65.

jwoolman    

He could just substitute "Pentagon" for "troops" and all would be well to most folk. Except he still couldn't get the DoD to sell his album. Why does he want them to, anyway?

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People often misunderstand how freedom of speech is protected. Certainly not by the military, ever. Not the kind of thing that can be protected by guns and bombs, especially by guns and bombs aimed at other people just like us (the days of troops meeting other troops on the battlefield are gone - unarmed civilians are always in the front lines today). The only way to protect freedom of speech is by speaking freely despite all the risks. Take the risk, Soulja, if you really believe what you say. Or is the loss of DoD sales more important to you?

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This also is a lesson in how censorship works. Not generally by putting people in jail, but by hitting them in other ways that successfully intimidate. Somehow I doubt Soulja will end up broke because the DoD doesn't sell his stuff. But any American artist quickly learns that there are always limits on what can be said if you want to keep a job or get gigs, be able to live without harassment, be able to do concerts or sell albums. Censorship does not just come from the government, but also from your neighbors, because people love to claim we have "freedom of speech" and then merrily squash anyone who says something disagreeable. That's why Soulja is tripping over himself backtracking. I always laughed when the comedian Yakov Smirnoff said how "free" it was here because he was invited to tell his anti-Soviet jokes at the White House. Heck, any government loves it when you criticize the "enemy du jour". The real test is when the criticism is turned inward. All of his gigs would have dried up quickly if he tried making the same kinds of jokes about the US situation and especially the US government. Comedians can only go so far in such criticism without losing favor with the government (and the big networks entangled with it). The iconic Bob Hope, for instance, knew how to do it, always stopping short of anything that could really seriously "offend" the big guys. And thus he remained beloved by government and the corporations... a bit tame and on a short leash, but beloved.

1121 days ago
66.

Strokadellic    

Wow. That'll really show him. *YAWN*

1121 days ago
67.

Robin    

People keep saying he wouldn't be where he is if it wasn't for the army. Really? 'Cuz last time i checked, war was just terrorism with a bigger budget. Soulja boy (note the SOUL-part in his name, not sol-dier boy) made his career through Youtube, making videos and songs that were popular to dance to. And his music is still enjoyed by the mainstream hiphop-followers today. Everyone has their right to freedom of speech and you can't say anything against that. Hate him all you want, you still can't keep justifying a war that is neverending.

1121 days ago
68.

C0ma    

Everyone defending this tard on this topic should be excused from this country with him. Freedom of speech is universal, under the same breath he can say what ever he wants we can respond with whatever we want, if what his freedom allowed him to say bothers us we have the right to ignore his existance and no store is obligated to sell merchandise they're opposed too.

If a co-worker calls you a racial term is that FREEDOM OF SPEECH or will he face consequences, you know the answer and that's why you're all ******* hypocrites whining freedom of speech.

1121 days ago
69.

Jonace6    

Where does it say in the 1st amendment that affes has to sell this type of trash. Nobody is saying this idiot can't say what he wants. All affes is saying is we aren't going to sell his trash in our stores.

1121 days ago
70.

kyle hole    

what u people dont understand well at least most of u is he says **** the army troops and ask what are they fighting for well at one point they fought for the right to have his black ass free and say what he wants smdh i Salute all the hard working Men and Women of the U.S ARMY and ll the troops God Bless America!!

1121 days ago
71.

JAYCEE    

Please ban his music from all stores..
his 10 mins of fame are up. TELL Him to GTFO

1121 days ago
72.

Jesse    

Soulja boy is lame, and whoever is saying that we are taking his first amendment away is a retard..people have a choice if they want to buy his album or not,nobody is trying to stop him from saying what he wants but there will be consequences for saying the wrong things,in this case it will be a small volume of album sales!

1121 days ago
73.

lola    

The Gov. wants you to give up your LIFE to fight wars, only to make money for .... the GOV, to keep the rich, rich! **** THE WASR AND GOV!

1121 days ago
74.

Mike    

i think that who gives a crap our economy is going to **** it has forever all nations are terrorists to other nations go on the web and watch videos of our soldiers killing innocents cuz of orders noones perfect we need our troops but we dnt need people who act like a bitch cuz they cant ignore one person u know how many anarchy groups we have in the u.s who act againest the goverment and most of them use to be american military imagine that so just let it go and this tv show sucks ass its annoying

1121 days ago
75.

Jennifer    

This is outraging a lot of Veterans, and we have started groups to show our dislike in great numbers. I personally cannot believe he has that little respect for his own country, these same people he is bashing is keepin this land safe and helped give him the right to even say what he did. How disrespectful.

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